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02/20/2004 Entry: "Tower Records and my formative years"

"The impact of all those albums - all those multiple copies of multiple titles - wasn't lost on me. I'd only begun buying records a year or two earlier, when the Beatles came to America and as the Beach Boys were reaching their peak. That had meant almost daily visits to a small-town Iowa variety store to sort through its heartbreaking record bin once again. To me, it felt like we lived at the bitter end of the distribution chain, where every now and then a freight shipper might haul to town a couple of copies of the Beatles' latest single among the swather knives and the tractor parts. And so I regarded the inventory at Tower Records with reverence. There was more than just abundance in it. There was news. It was as immediate as radio. The new releases were newly released. The catalog was deep."
Tower Records in the Maelstrom of Consumer Desire, by Verlyn Klinkenborg, NY Times Op Ed, February 15, 2004

Yeah, I think I spent my adolescence in Tower, too. Especially the head shop. I did buy my first John Coltrane album there, Coltrane Sound, and this was very important to me. It still is.

 

 

 

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