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Trailer for the Documentary on the Rise and Fall of Tower Records

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.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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