All Things Must Pass

All Things Must Pass

Streaming Video - 2016
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Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made an astounding $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. Directed by Colin Hanks, and featuring music icons like Dave Grohl, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, "All Things Must Pass" is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon.
Publisher: [United States] : Gravitas Ventures : Made available through hoopla, 2016
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 94 min.)) : sd., col


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Aug 22, 2017

Oh, yeah! For you music lovers, a short journey back in time to the golden age of vinyl and the rise and fall off an empire and dream.

hershyd Feb 28, 2017

I really enjoyed the nostalgia of this documentary. Thumbing through those files of 45's in the Tower Store was akin to the Library back then and looking for books in the card catalogue. A wonderful way to spend n afternoon.

Feb 23, 2017

This documentary chronicling the rise and fall of Tower Records was directed by Colin Hanks. I recommend it for people who love music and shopping for music. Business owners/managers in retail and other industries may also take away some lessons on what to do and what not to do.

biblioanna Feb 22, 2017

Great interviews and footage with Elton John. If you like this, you'll love Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper.

Jan 28, 2017

I spent hours at a time in Tower Records in California for nearly two decades. I love music. No Music, No Life. The people interviewed in this documentary gave their lives to Tower not for a paycheck, but because they loved what they did. It is an emotional roller coaster to watch their comments near the end. If you've never loved a job in your life, it will be difficult for you to relate. If you have, you'll be in tears. Not what you'd expect from a documentary about a retail store. Five stars.

Dec 21, 2016

A good, enjoyable documentary on the rise and fall of the tangible music industry. Tower was always fun to visit but always too expensive and it got them in the end. I am currently awaiting a similar demise for stores like Silver Platters and Easy Street records. An era has come and gone ... live it up while you can. And buy used CDS and albums!

Dec 06, 2016

I never went to a Tower record store, but I've bought a ton of vinyl and cds in my day. Interesting documentary about how our music vehicles have changed over time. Pair this with the fascinating series, Soundbreaking, for a full picture of the last fifty years in music peddling.

Oct 15, 2016

Good documentary on the start and demise of Tower record.

Sep 14, 2016

I grew up going to Tower. Much more than just a record retailer, it was a cultural phenomenon. This doc is well done, and (to my knowledge) the only document of this subject. Content is balanced between great archival material and talking heads, but what these heads have to say - is magical.

Aug 26, 2016

As Elton John quoted, “it was a ritual going to Tower.” And I do concur to that for someone who has done so in the 90s when CDs were at their height of popularity. Of course, this doesn’t only refer to Tower but also to other big CD outlets like HMV and Barnes and Noble. Music records were never that extensive and old ones reproduced from the LP eras. I could hardly find good ones during the pre-CD eras and all of a sudden, the deluge was there. CD review of thick book forms and according to musical genres –jazz, classical, country, Christian, world – were all printed to cater to various collectors.
The start of the decline of music in CD format brought about the decline of Tower and other CD outlets (or the other way around) which resulted to the frustration of collectors like me. It’s good that by then, I have built my collection of the best in jazz and musicals with world and some pop standards on the side. I really felt bad when Tower was closing and selling their stock as well as Sam The Record Man both in Toronto. It was something I wasn’t able to take since there’ll be no more visits to go and the excitement of going there is gone.
However, I am still hopeful that a resurgence will come – it might not be that soon but with the rise of LP’s popularity gaining momentum, that might be a good indication. I know that I may not be able to fully appreciate LP not that I don’t want to sound quality (that’s ridiculous) but more on the idea of starting to build up my collection in that format plus the cost factor as well. And unless the younger generation will have the desire to get serious with their musical taste and not just music on a per song basis, it might be an uphill climb. Technology can be both a blessing and a bane but in my experience, it’s more of the latter in this case. And that might be true to Tower in a grand manner.
One of the best documentaries I've seen so far this year!

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