All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

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Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty 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 $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. '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. (C) Official Site

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  • We learn of the party-hearty environment and family-like vibe of a world where it was cool to write off cocaine as a business expense. And we see the hubris and myopia that doomed the industry.

    Dec 4, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As Bruce Springsteen says in the film, "Everybody in a record store is a little bit of your friend for 20 minutes or so." And he's right - including all the ups and downs that friendship entails.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's loving and lovely, but goes too easy on the hubris and greed.

    Nov 6, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Colin Hanks makes his feature directing debut with this irresistible documentary about the evolution of the music business.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Lively and loving ...

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The real beating heart of the film is its collection of wild war tales told by the company's former employees, who regarded Tower as more than just a paycheck gig or a commercial proposition.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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