Remember when we talked about the new documentary about Tower Records, “All Things Must Pass”? Well, it’s just hit theaters today and director Colin Hanks sat down for an interview about it with Entertainment Weekly. Here are a few highlights:
On why he decided to make the movie in the first place: “Russ Solomon, the founder of Tower Records, started selling used 78s from the jukebox in his father’s drugstore in 1941, and I said, as clear as I am talking to you right now, “That’s a documentary.” If he starts selling records in 1941 and then closes 192 stores around the world 40-something years later, that’s impressive…. I spent the next seven years of my life trying to convince other people of the same thing.”
On what he learned about the music business while making the movie: “I learned how young it really is. When you think about it, the music retail business started off with sheet music. In terms of businesses, it’s a relatively new one—it started in late ’20s, early ’30s and changed and evolved over time very quickly. You have these windows of four or five years where all of a sudden technology changes and something comes in.”
And when he was asked if a “requiem for Blockbuster” was coming up next, he replied, “Ha, no, I don’t have a deep connection to Blockbuster. But as we were finishing this, RadioShack announced they were closing all their stores. So I pretty much got a barrage of texts saying, ‘You gonna make the RadioShack documentary now?'”
You can read the full interview by clicking here.