I purchased many a CD from the Tower Store in Austin. They seemed to have everything. Their closing was a sign of the times.
There was recently a documentary on cable about Tower records, mostly about the California stores and Russ's management style. How they opened their Tokyo store was very interesting.
Ok - I found it.
I liked that documentary as well! I used to spend a lot of time at tower records multiple stores on Broadway in NYC’s downtown village location. They even got into used LP’S at one point. When they got ready to close the prices were at a good discount and the store was crazy busy. It made me think that if the industry sold CD’s at 6-8$ Tower and other stores would have stayed open maybe 5-10 years longer.
One great memory was from that location was a band in store appearance I was part of. I was hired to make an hour long DVD peformance film/documentary for the Trachtenburg Family slideshow players and It was most likely the last in store appearance Tower ever did at that location.