Sunday, April 17, 2016

#MusicMonday: Film Review: Tower Records Documentary, "All Things Must Pass."

For the uninitiated, Tower Records was Established in 1960. Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with over two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. What's most amazing is it's rise from humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore. Tower Records would eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. It was reported that in 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, however the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that’s not the story. All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company’s explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious yet trendy founder, Russ Solomon.
"All Things Must Pass" is a labor of love by actor Colin Hanks, a Sacramento native who grew up on the store. Hanks found an amiable raconteur in Solomon, now 90 but sharp and focused on the business that was his life. A collection of Solomon's confidants sing his praises and get misty about how much fun they had in the old days. Celebrities including Grohl, Bruce Springsteen and David Geffen talk about what the store meant to them. Nobody blames anybody else or themselves for why Tower didn't survive, and why should they? What goes up almost always come down. Technology and shopping habits changed; Tower didn't.