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All things must pass. This is such a short, simple statement yet it speaks volumes. That is why it was chosen as the title for MVD Visual’s new Tower Records documentary by the same name. The documentary follows the meteoric rise and fall of the once powerhouse music distributor and what led to that rise and fall. The story is, in itself a key element of the documentary’s overall presentation. It will be discussed shortly. The information that is presented is just as pivotal to the documentary’s presentation It will be discussed later. The pictures, footage, and interviews that are used to tell the story are important in their own right to the documentary’s presentation, too. All things considered, All Things Must Pass proves to be a documentary that any audiophile “Must” see at least once if not more.
All Things Must Pass is a music documentary that every audiophile “must” see at least once if not more. That is due in large part to the story at the center of the documentary. The story in question follows the meteoric rise and fall of Tower Records, a store that was once America’s (and the world’s) preeminent music store. Audiences will be just as enthralled by the story of the company’s unexpected rise to prominence as they will be by its eventual downfall. The story starts with founder Russ Solomon discussing how he bought his father’s drug store from him (his father) and turned it into a record store. From there, it follows the expansion of that store into another and then another before eventually becoming a worldwide phenomenon. It doesn’t end there, though. As is revealed in the story’s ninety-six minute run time, the company’s peak was also the point at which everything began to collapse. It is revealed that a combination of factors led to that collapse, beginning with the company’s outstanding debts and expenditures. The advent of music’s digital era through Napster added to the company’s problems. The interviewees stress here that this was just one of the elements that spelled the end for Tower Records. It was not the sole factor in the company’s downfall. That is something that is especially worth noting here. One might think, going into the documentary that this would be a major point in the story. But the surprise of the company’s other financial issues serves as a real surprise element in this story. It really serves as a reminder to anyone wanting to start up a business—as much as growth can seem so great, that growth must be handled responsibly. Solomon admits in one of his interview segments that in hindsight, he should have been more fiscally responsible. He says in the segment in question that had he been more responsible maybe the company might not have met its end. The loving recollections that he and the company’s former employees share of their time in the end put a touching accent on the story and might even leave some viewers slightly teary-eyed. Between all that has been noted here and everything else revealed in the story, it is clear why the story by itself is so important to the presentation of All Things Must Pass. The story at the center of this documentary is just one of its most important elements, too. The information that is revealed throughout the course of the program is just as important to note as its story.
The story at the center of All Things Must Pass is by itself an undeniably important element in the documentary’s presentation. That is because it is a powerful underdog story of sorts; a story of a man who dreamed big but sadly let those dreams get too big. There is no doubt as to the importance of the documentary’s central story, considering this. It is just one of the documentary’s most important elements, though. The information that is revealed throughout the story is just as important to the documentary’s presentation as its central story. Some of the information revealed in the story is funny. Some is insightful and other information downright surprising. One of the most interesting of the story’s funny revelations is the amount of drugs and alcohol openly consumed by the company’s employees in its infancy. There is even a picture of a receipt displayed during this revelation showing the store’s expenditures at one point. The receipt notes that the store spent more than $300 on cocaine (trucking fuel as it was called at the time) as an expenditure. One of the more interesting of the story’s insightful revelations is that Foo Fighters front man and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl actually worked at Tower Records at one point and Elton John shopped for his music there, too. Both men speak on these topics in their own interview segments. Even Bruce Springsteen is interviewed for the documentary. He discusses the positive reputation that Tower Records established early on in its life. Among the most surprising pieces of information revealed in the course of the documentary is what went on in the listening booths at some Tower Records stores. It is revealed by one interviewee that people made out in the listening booths and even alleges that people had sex in the listening booths, too. How and why that would happen in such a public place is anyone’s guess. But it is noted that allegedly both things happened. Somehow one wouldn’t disagree that any of it happened. The revelations noted here are just some of the most interesting tidbits of information revealed throughout the documentary. They are hardly the only interesting revelations made throughout the program. There are plenty of others that audiences will discover for themselves when they watch this program. When all of that information is joined with the documentary’s central story, it becomes even clearer why audiophiles and entrepreneurs alike must see this presentation.
The story at the center of All Things Must Pass and the information presented therein are both key elements to the documentary’s overall presentation. That is because they serve both by themselves and together to show why this is a “must” see music documentary. They are not the only elements worth noting in examining the documentary’s presentation. The pictures, footage, and interviews that are used to help tell the story are just as important to the documentary’s presentation as its story and the information shared through the story. The pictures collectively serve as a visualization for audiences. It takes viewers back to Tower Records’ infancy, showing just how little the store started with and how far it came. The footage and interviews work with the pictures to illustrate and progress that story even more. The interviews especially serve to help tell the story because of how frank the interviewees are in their shared memories. When one puts the footage, pictures and interviews together, they enrich the program’s presentation even more and ensure even more audiences’ maintained engagement. Audiences’ maintained engagement is even more assured when these elements are joined with the documentary’s central story and the information shared throughout the story. All things considered All Things Must Pass proves in the end to be a documentary that entrepreneurs and audiophiles alike must see at least once if not more.
All Things Must Pass is a documentary that entrepreneurs and audiophiles alike “must” see at least once if not more. That is because on one level it is a stirring underdog story of sorts. It tells the story of one man’s determination to make his dreams come true and provide a place for the community to come together. On another level it serves as a stark warning for any up-and-coming entrepreneur about fiscal responsibility. That is because ultimately it was fiscal irresponsibility that spelled the end for Tower Records. Given, the advent of digital music availability played a part in the company’s downfall, too. But as the story reveals, it was ultimately fiscal irresponsibility that led to the company’s downfall. That two-pronged story couples with the information shared throughout the story to make the documentary even more engaging. The footage, interviews and pictures that are used to help advance the story collectively serve as the final touch to the program. All things considered, All Things Must Pass proves in the long run to be a presentation that audiophiles and entrepreneurs alike must see. It is available now and can be ordered online direct via MVD Entertainment’s online store at http://mvdshop.com/products/all-things-must-pass-dvd. More information on this and other titles from MVD Entertainment Group is available online at:
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