At one point, Tower Records was one of the biggest chains in the world. No visit to LA was complete unless I visited the store on Sunset Boulevard, followed by a trip to Book Soup down the street. As recently as 1999. Tower grossed $1 billion in revenue through its stores in 30 countries and five continents. Seven years later, it was dead.
Tower was killed at age 66 (d.2006) by the decline in CD sales and the rise of digital music. But the chain is not forgotten. Colin Hanks–Tom’s son–is behind this new documentary that features interviews with Dave Grohl (a one-time Tower employee), Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and others.