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

Review by Gary Hill

First things first, this is not actually a "Various Artists" release. Other than some music playing and some interview clips, it really isn't about musicians. Technically speaking we probably aren't really set up at Music Street Journal to review this. It's such a good documentary, though, we can't "not review" it. In fact, this might be the best documentary I've ever seen.


It might not be about any actual musicians, but it is deeply involved with the music business. Anyone who has ever been a fan of spending time in a record (or CD store) will find a lot of nostalgic appeal here. For those, like myself (Disc Records then bought out by National Record Mart and Sam Goody/Musicland) who have worked in record stores, this will be even more personal.


The truth is, though, this is a powerful emotional ride. There are real life characters in the story. It's a story of the joy of success. It's the story of the crashing defeat. It's also the story of a silver lining inside that gloom and doom. This is just such a great video. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's just an enjoyable experience. I never expected to fall in love with this film, but I did.


This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2016  Volume 6 at

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