A condensed re-post from my other blog, “At The Matinee” (and in honor of Record Store Day, which takes place on April 16, 2016). Be on the lookout for another vintage short film (in relation to records and sound recording) next week on this site.
This 1971 film of the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Tower Records location on Sunset Boulevard. This is one of many experimental short films on the Internet Archive (via the Center for Sacramento History). It was filmed and edited by Sacramento City College professor Darrell Forney. Forney mixed his footage with two popular hit songs (of the era)- “Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again” by Sly & The Family Stone, and “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin.
Tower would enter the Washington area in the mid-1980’s. The Sacramento-based chain shuttered all of its stores in 2006 due to various factors, including financial problems, online retailers and the rise of digital downloads.
Forney’s film is an interesting look at the then-modern record store of the day, and one of the popular locations of the Tower chain. It is a must see for lovers of music on all formats!
Support your local recorded music establishment on Record Store Day:
If you enjoyed Darrell Forney’s film of Tower Records in 1971, be sure to support your local record store on April 16.
And when you do purchase your favorite music on vinyl or CD, be sure to play your favorite songs on a good, well-calibrated stereo system!