Order “All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records” Today

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January 19, 2016 — All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records is available on DVD and Blu-ray today.

The documentary about the iconic record chain — directed by actor Colin Hanks — gives the viewer the basic facts immediately. It describes the arc of Tower’s fall: worth $1 billion in 1999, it was bankrupt by 2007.

People of a certain age remember Tower Records as a kind of an agora — it was a compelling marketplace to which people who enjoyed music and collecting records, tapes and CDs gravitated. Young people wandered the aisle; celebrities were often seen there. “Everybody in a record store is your friend for 20 minutes,” Bruce Springsteen explains. “It’s a place where your dreams meet the listeners.”

Elton John was more direct. I spent more money in Tower Records than any human being,he admits. But even though he considered it “a ritual” to go to the record store, the company’s days were numbered. No one foresaw the effect of the internet and streaming devices would have on record sales. Even the pleasures of visiting one of the stores could not save the chain.

Russ Solomon, who started Tower Records admits that he could not have imagined how quickly streaming music would affect the music industry. 

In addition to John, Solomon and Springsteen, Hanks interviewed Dave Grohl, David Geffen, Chuck D., and Chris Cornell.

FilmRise acquired the highly-praised documentary for U.S. distribution (Blu-ray and DVD).
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