All Things Must Pass online movie review - Really? That's what happened to Tower Records?....and you're sticking to this story? Really?
I love documentaries that provide a historical retrospective of an evolution of an industry and "All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records" provides us with a pretty good outline on the rise of Tower Records with owner Russ Solomon at the helm.
There is a sufficient amount of nostalgia for us baby boomers to once again reminisce about the good old days of the LP, colorful and some shocking LP covers, record store promotions, upcoming concerts and the bands promotions such as in Tower Record stores. All good nostalgia of a success story for the first 45 minutes or so which certainly shows owner Russ Solomon's willingness to allow his independent stores to seek their own creativity.
What I found this documentary did a miserable job in demonstrating is the balance between the 30 year rise of Tower Records and the gradual decline of Tower Records for what is described as two main reasons, the greed of Tower Records trying to control the price point of the LP and subsequent CD, then not realizing soon enough the evolution of technology such as the compact disc (CD), the imminent threat of the world wide web (WWW.) internet and a company called Napster that literally ended up starving the greedy record stores right out of business.
I liked the story line of the first half of this documentary which provides the great success story of Russ Solomon, which included a lot of humorous nostalgia commemorating all the good times of the record store industry which even extended to the far east Japanese market. Having said that, I must say that I was disproportionately appalled that the fall of Tower Records overshadowed the greed of Russ Solomon's will to continually expand and just expect his financiers (Banks and investment firms) to trust what worked for the better part of 30 years would continue to work if those mean old banks would just continue to bankroll a dying industry that was inadequately inept at adapting to the evolution of technology and instead believed they could continue milking common music lovers across North America with higher and fixed prices.
I would have rated "All Things Must Pass" higher than a 7 out of 10 rating but the balance of power shifted after the first 45 minutes of this documentary into a pity party for poor Russ Solomon and Tower Records who left quite a few of his suppliers, financiers and every day buyers left holding the bag. Tsk tsk to the producers and director for not fairly representing the good, the bad and the ugly of the rise "and the fall" of Tower Records.