I didn’t really pay that much attention to the news a few months back that Tower Records had lost it’s battle with bankruptcy and was being liquidated. But Larry King (not that Larry King) had a nice piece in the last Weekly about the final days at Tower Classical on Sunset that reveal how important it was to some folks:
Inevitably, the time comes to consolidate; by compressing the thinning CD rows, we are able to eliminate dozens of racks and make the store smaller. It is easy to see what this is leading to, and the regulars are distressed. One night I play Barber’s Adagio, and a customer begs to hear something else.
“All of us are weeping on the inside, and this is just twisting the knife,” he tells me.
So long Tower Records. I didn’t realize until right now that I might actually miss you.