Help Historically Preserve Tower Records on the Sunset Strip
  • Petitioning Stephanie Reich

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City of West Hollywood
Stephanie Reich
City Council
John Heilman
City Council
Jeffrey Prang
City Council
John Duran
City Council
Abbe Land
City Council
John D'Amico
City Planning Department, City of West Hollywood
Stephanie Reich

Help Historically Preserve Tower Records on the Sunset Strip

    1. Jerome Cleary
    2. Petition by

      Jerome Cleary

      West Hollywood, CA

There is a last chance effort to save the Tower Records store from the wrecking ball and preserve the most significant location and history of music on the Sunset Strip. While most music fans remember and know this store as the most famous record store in the world. Many others remember it as the place to be seen and experience live music events during the nearly four decades on Sunset Boulevard.
Last spring the Historic Preservation Commission had two meetings where they agreed there was a significant cultural, social and music history there. But then they got hung up on mere aesthetics of red and yellow paint and additional advertising/marketing signage. The commissioners did recommend a plaque or perhaps a music square as recognition. Unfortunately they disagreed about full preservation of the location and structure. The majority of music fans and experts want full preservation of the location and structure. The original Tower Records store opened in November 1970 and began with no additional advertising/marketing signage at all. The original applicant for preservation is historian and author, Domenic Priore.
Residents and fans still feel that commissioners last spring missed an important opportunity to preserve the location and site. But now there is a second chance as the Tower Records Store is up for reconsideration with the appeal to the city council. I have launched a fundraising event on the crowd funding website: to raise funds to hire experts for the appeal:
The appeal is now set for Monday November 18th at 6:30pm to be heard before the city council. There are two ways to participate in having your voice heard to support preserving Tower Records: come speak for two minutes and email: Stephanie Reich at: and to city council at:
You can mail a letter to: Stephanie Reich, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, California 90069
Anyone can attend the appeal at the new West Hollywood Library’s first floor city council chambers located at 625 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069, between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.

I know what you may be thinking: there used to be Tower Records stores everywhere. But the most famous Tower Records store recognized throughout the world is the Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip. This one is special. We want to historically preserve this building and location and we need your help. We can make it happen as we are all the collective music lovers gathering in spirit to make history and keep history.

During it's almost four decades this Tower Records on the happening Sunset Strip has become something of a Hollywood landmark in its own right.

Open until 1 AM on weekends, Tower Records was the most popular Tinseltown hangout, and a scene all its own. This flagship store of the Tower Records chain could once claim to be "the largest record store in the nation."

Tower Records store has always retained its legendary status. You would never know who you might see there. Rock groups and individual performers showed up regularly in person at the store for impromptu concerts or autograph sessions, and special promotional events were common.

In 1995, over 1,000 fans lined up to get autographs from Elton John who said this Tower Records was always his first stop when he came to the Sunset Strip and on June 21st of that same year it was both.

David Hasselhoff ("Baywatch") and singer Engelbert Humperdinck made personal appearances at this Tower Records. Later that same year, a giant statue of Michael Jackson was erected in front of this Tower Records store on the day Jackson's "HIStory" CD was released. Soon after, comic Rodney Dangerfield was in store at this Tower Records for the debut of his new album.

In October 1997,Duran Duran staged a reunion concert in this Tower Record's parking lot, while Aerosmith signed autographs there a few days later. Boys II Men showed up for an autograph session that year, and the surviving members of The Doors signed copies of the new Doors anthology

In June of 1998, rocker Rod Stewart performed a free concert in this Tower Records store's parking lot, as did Natalie Imbruglia two months later. That same year, former teen heartthrob David Cassidy ("The Partridge Family") showed up to perform songs from his new album at this Tower Records, and Grace Slick ("The Jefferson Airplane") signed copies of her autobiography there too.

In November of 1999, Mariah Carey caused a near-riot at this Tower Records when she showed up to autograph her new CD. Beach Boys' founder Brian Wilson turned up at this Tower Records to autograph his new CD. Randy Newman gave a free concert there in June of 1999.

This Tower Records store was the only place and the only record store that was still one of the first places media reporters would go when they wanted to do a story about how well a particular new CD release was selling.

And this Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip always continued to get celebrity customers as well... Ben Affleck was spotted shopping there. So was Star Trek's Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy. Molly Ringwald was seen shopping there (during a David Lee Roth autograph session.) Nancy Sinatra says she would drop by after dinner to see if they would have all of her stuff, and to police the bins for bootlegs of her dad's CD's.

This famous Tower Records store is located on the north side of the Sunset Strip at the northwest corner of Horn Avenue, right across the street from the site of the original Spago's restaurant and about half a block east of the Viper Room.

Axl Rose, lead singer for Guns N' Roses, worked there as a night manager in the early 80's. Ten years later, in 1990, he challenged Vince Neil (the Mötley Crüe singer) to a fight in the parking lot.

Be a part of history and help make history by preserving one of the most popular and world famous records stores ever - Tower Records on the Sunset Strip.

Recent signatures


    1. 16 mm film 1971 Tower Records Sunset Strip

      Jerome Cleary
      Petition Organizer

      Flashback, take a look at this 16 mm color film that captures Tower Records flagship store located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood was made by Sacramento City College professor Darrell Forney in 1971

      [Sunset Tower Records, Los Angeles] : Forney, Darrell : Free Streaming : Internet Archive

      Internet Archive's in-browser video player requires JavaScript to be enabled. It appears your browser does not have it turned on. Please see your browser settings for this feature. Description: This color film captures one of Tower Records flagship stores, located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

    2. Save Tower Records, email developer directly, thanks

      Jerome Cleary
      Petition Organizer

      We tried to get Tower Records historically preserved and that was turned down by our city council. So as a last resort we need you to email the developer, Sol Barket directly and ask him to not demolish Tower Records on the Sunset Strip but to make this into a music museum or live event space still retaining it as is. Email to:
      Your voice and reasons why are super important so email him now! thanks

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Can you ask you friends to sign this petition too?

      Jerome Cleary
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for signing this petition to Save Tower Records. Can you share this link:
      by email and Facebook, Twitter, etc. and also get your friends to sign this petition too? I would appreciate the support and help immensely. Thanks!

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Timothy Campbell MARANA, AZ
      • 4 months ago

      This place is an icon.

    • Paula Compton GARDNER, CO
      • 6 months ago

      As a long time Employee, Russ Soloman and Tower Records launched my career and always considered this company and it's employees FAMILY! We need to preserve Tower Records and the history of the man himself Russ Soloman!!!

    • Chayne Conway NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Contrary to what some people think... People REALLY **DO** go into a record store & make purchases. There is nothing like walking thru a real record store!!!! So fascinating to walk the aisles & browse thru section after section of music. Pick it up, check out the cover art, turn it over, review the song list. Please don't take this wonderful piece of history away from everyone that loves it!!! <3

    • Karen Dyson LA MESA, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Tower Records on Sunset Blvd is/fwas an icon for all music fans from everywhere!

    • rachel melkerson NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • 8 months ago

      i worked there!


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