For seven years, Hanks worked on the documentary that laments and celebrates the Sacramento-based record chain that grew from his hometown into an American retail powerhouse.
“I remember buying ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was the formative record for me on my musical path, which I bought at Tower Records,” he said.
“I have distinct memories of going into Tower Records and coming to this one because it was so iconic,” recounted Busy Philipps. “You used to have to wait in line at Tower Records because they would be able to connect to Ticketmaster. I waited for some Madonna tickets.”
Moby also reminisced with Variety about visiting Tower Records in his younger years.
“When I first started coming to L.A., I would come to the one on Sunset and it was so exciting and so magical,” he said. “It’s weird to take a look back at that era when people sought out music and record stores and just to realize that those days are gone.”
At the store, Rita Wilson, Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and Philipps mingled in the room filled with guitars, drinks and yellow buttons emblazoned with Tower Records’ “No Music, No Life” logo. Guests were able to stock up on vinyl in classic Tower Records store bags. Weird Al Yankovic took photos with fans near the DJ booth as he spun music from the recording studio in the back of the building, where party guests had the ability to make a vinyl recording. The crowd also gathered for a performance from Eagles of Death Metal.
Gravitas Ventures opens “All Things Must Pass” Oct. 16.
(Pictured: Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt at the “All Things Must Pass” premiere party)