All things are born and all things die. All things must pass, too, just like the reign of Tower Records stores.
Chronicled in the new documentary by Colin Hanks, Tower Records was once the go-to destination for new music, with a staff able to craft customers a bespoke catalog of their new favorite music at the drop of a turntable needle.
“To be able to go into a store and there were people who knew music…” an interview subject said, “it’s just a missing part of our society now.”
All Things Must Pass talks to music icons like Dave Grohl (who worked there as a young kid), Bruce Springsteen, Sir Elton John, and many former workers about the fall of a giant, and what it meant for the future of the music industry.
The documentary will debut in theaters October 15.
Alyssa Pereira is a music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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