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Video of Tower Records on Sunset, Los Angeles, in 1971

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From the Internet Archive and the Center for Sacramento History, we bring you a glimpse into record heaven in 1971. This look at Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is, frankly, a little bit mind-blowing. Stacks and stacks of vinyl and boxes of albums are everywhere. They didn’t need a warehouse; they just filled the whole store up with records. Shout out to Vintage Los Angeles.

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  1. And look at those prices!

    – Gr8teful Dead
  2. Somebody can take me back to the store in those days?… and put me in the vid?

    – Jordi
  3. Didn’t start @ Tower Sunset ’til 1975 – Hired by Charlie Shaw, & sure do miss Robert Stapleton & Greg Shaw-!

    – Susan Heffernon
  4. Straight to the jazz section with a $100 bill!

    – Lord Dubious
  5. this 16mm film was digitized by the california audiovisual preservation project. we preserve and make accessible film, video and audio recordings that are significant to california history. so glad this recording is getting so much play!

    pamela vadakan
  6. This video is excellent. Cruised Tower many times while cruzing Hollywood Blvd and Sunset. So many memories. The Whiskey, The Troubador saw Jim Morrison there in tbe 60’s. The Teenage Fair at the Peladium. Saw Jimmi and Janis there in the late 60’s.

    – vivian beam
  7. WE WANT BACK THE PERIOD OF THESE OLD RECORDS .

    MUNA RIFAT
  8. Two stacks of my almost unknown bands first album (Morning) at 1:24 – that is really too freaky! Those were the good (sounding) old days of analog tape and vinyl.

    – JH
  9. Very curious to know the name of the person who posted the comment starting with…Didn’t start at Tower until 1975…

    – HANS BAUER
  10. A friend of mine sent me this who worked there in the 80’s
    I also worked there. I think half of Hollywood worked there.
    They had concerts in the parking lot. The Gibson guitar company will be there soon.

    – greg

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