Just last night I was looking up Tower Records’ founder Russ Solomon, as I’ll be headed up to Sacramento in the next month or so and figured it was a perfect opportunity for my first visit R5 Records, the standalone outlet Solomon opened after the demise of the legendary music retailer he started in 1960. But R5 Records, operating on the same site as the original Tower Records, closed down last June, three years after it opened. Now it’s a Dimple Records location, in which Solomon has no stake or involvement.
I still mourn the loss of Tower Records, a wound that I seem to reopen time and again here. Today, having woken up to discover that the iTunes store had not been updated with all of the new releases (a situation not remedied on the site until early afternoon), the absence of Tower Records in my life was brought into relief once more.
As it turns out, this New Music Tuesday brought some very welcome news for the Tower Records-loving, nostalgia-minded set. After discussing plans in 2008 for a documentary about Russ Solomon and his legendary record-store chain, Colin Hanks announced that his long-gestating labor of love is a go. Now operating with the title All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records, Hanks has set up a page on Kickstarter, hoping to raise $50,000 from like-minded folks to cover the film’s production costs.
Check out the Kickstarter page, and kick in some change if you can. And be sure to follow the project’s progress via Facebook and Twitter, as this look back at Tower Records ultimately becomes big-screen reality. (In my Interweb wanderings yesterday, I also uncovered an interview with Russ Solomon that’s worth a look.)