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Iconic Tower Records Returns As Website Selling Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs

One of the most iconic retailers in entertainment has returned in a new incarnation. Tower Records, which closed its stores 14 years ago and declared bankruptcy, today announced it has come back as an online service.

The new Tower Records has online events, the return of its Tower Pulse! magazine, a merchandise section, and, of course, music, music, music, including vinyl and cassette selections in various genres.

Founded in Sacramento in 1960 as a section in a drug store, the chain grew to an international success behind the savvy of the late Russ Solomon, who was memorialized in a 2015 film, All Things Must Pass, which studied the chain’s rise and eventual demise, save for a giant store in Tokyo that retained the name and remains open.

The new online version of Tower Records was originally scheduled for introduction at the 2020 South by Southwest, but pulled back when that event was curtailed by the pandemic. It was also envisioned as a series of pop-up shops, an idea also delayed by the coronavirus.

Danny Zeijdel, Tower Record’s new CEO, said the chain’s return “has been met with tremendous success, feedback. A lot of people are so happy taking pictures of when they receive an order from Tower Records, posting it on Instagram.”

Known for its enormous volume and knowledgeable staff, Tower Records was as much as culture as it was a retailer. The Sunset Boulevard store in West Hollywood in particular became a place where celebrities shopped, fans came to soak in the vibe, and was a go-to stop for anyone interested in music. Such artists as Prince and Elton John would shop before and after regular store hours.

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by Anonymousreply 111/18/2020

Who the hell is still buying CDs and cassette tapes in this day in age? They were both bad designs to begin with, and we’re still dealing with the plastic garbage they leave behind to this day. Some things just need to go away.

by Anonymousreply 211/18/2020

I used to work there in my youth. I got a work permit at 11 years old and convinced them to hire me. Then I worked there again my senior year of high school.

by Anonymousreply 311/18/2020

" my youth."


by Anonymousreply 411/21/2020

In other words, someone just bought the "Tower Records" name. Same thing with Bell and Howell.

by Anonymousreply 511/21/2020

Can we sell our vinyls to them?

by Anonymousreply 611/21/2020

I always wanted to work at Tower

by Anonymousreply 711/21/2020

R7, the pay wasn't great. Managers only made a dollar more than a starting sales associate.

The company has been out of business since the end of 2006, months after I graduated high school, but there are many leftover Tower Records buildings all over the country, still around with big signs left intact and lit up to this day. There are a few in the DC-MD-VA region, in and near Los Angeles and in New York. You'd think they were still in business if you didn't know any better.

Oh, well. Torrents and mp3s replaced CDs and DVDs, just like I told all my coworkers was sure to happen back then.

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