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All Things Must Pass

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Colin Hanks

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About the Movie

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made an astounding $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. Directed by Colin Hanks, and featuring music icons like Dave Grohl, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, “All Things Must Pass” is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This movie makes you appreciate anew the one-on-one social dimension lost in the music industry's headlong switch to digital downloads. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Oct 15, 2015

Fresh: The real beating heart of the film is its collection of wild war tales told by the company's former employees, who regarded Tower as more than just a paycheck gig or a commercial proposition. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 5, 2015

Fresh: A sentimental yet sharply observed documentary about the rise and demise of retail giant Tower Records. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Apr 25, 2015

Fresh: But Hanks wisely limits the celebrity talking heads in this rise-and-fall story. Instead, he focuses on the people who built the company from a Sacramento drugstore annex to a global brand, creating a ragtag family in the process. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Oct 16, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Blast from the Past...

All Things Must Pass is an awesome look at the history of TOWER RECORDS, an establishment that I have given thousands of my own hard earned dollars. It’s fascinating, entertaining and even educational about how music and the industry surrounding it has changed.

Those were the days!

Just watched, and I loved it! Sort of feeling guilty that I used ITunes to watch..oh the irony! UGH! I'm 50 yrs I grew up with vinyl, transitioned to cassette, had a few 8-track hand-me-downs from my older siblings...I was mezmerized by that shiny digital wonder called a CD when it first came out! I felt like I had expensive jewelry or something every time I opened a new one. Then, the Internet came into our lives. I was sucked into the crazy world of downloading my music, but let me tell you this... George Harrison may say, "All Things Must Pass", but I'm going to use the words of Peter Allen and hope to God that "Everything Old Is New Again"! I still played my albums occasionally over the years. There was something about them that was just more special than downloading a song. You got the total experience...the artwork, the posters that sometimes came with them... the ENTIRE album to enjoy and get the complete feel for an artist. Sadly, my turntable bit the dust a few years ago. Life got in the way and I took the easy route and downloaded songs when I wanted them...and occasionally bought CD's if I really liked an artist, but I never felt as fulfilled with my music like I did when I was a kid and bought those albums at a record store. I missed my old albums! We didn't have a Tower anywhere near us...but I dreamed of going to one someday. Unfortunately, that never happened, but this past month, I finally purchased a new turntable for myself. I've been playing my old vinyl again, my Beatles, my Queen, Led Zeppelin, Blondie,, (oh how I love music)... and I am happy to see the resurgence of vinyl in the stores! I got me some Foo Fighters, (even though I already have every song downloaded) & Adele on vinyl and I am enjoying them tremendously! I pray "Everything Old Is New Again" and vinyl continues it's comeback. It may never be as big as it was in it's "hay-day", but there is a love for that rich deeper sound and the appreciation of all that encompasses an album and an artist and that extra effort it takes to put that big old disc on that player, because the music never lets me down. My dream is that Tower will come back to the states someday....we can all dream, and I'm hoping it comes true! Thanks to all the artists like Dave Grohl for making us recognize Record Store Day and to Russ Solomon and his dream of Tower Records. I wish I was a decade or so younger so I could have worked there...sounds like a blast!

Excellent Excellent Film

As a person who wasn't around during the height of LP sales, it was fascinating to essentially watch how the record business got to where it is today through the lens of Tower Records. This documentary is incredibly well-made and really, beautiful. The story seems complete and there are really no dull moments in the entire film. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves music.

All Things Must Pass
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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