Help Historically Preserve Tower Records on the Sunset Strip

Help Historically Preserve Tower Records on the Sunset Strip

September 8, 2013
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City of West Hollywood Stephanie Reich and
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Started by Jerome Cleary

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.

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