The first ever Tower Records store, founded by Russ Solomon, was constructed in Sacramento, California in 1960. It became a popular meeting ground and library for musicians and music lovers all over the U.S. However, the beloved stores closed their doors after the company declared bankruptcy in 2006.
For those of you who mourn the closure of these outlets, a new project in Sacramento will give you a chance to share your memories and experiences.
In 2009, Solomon donated over 200 boxes of Tower-related history to the Center for Sacramento History. Thus, the Tower Records Project was born to archive this gift and make it available to the public. The project is looking for financial support in raising $300,000, as well as asking for your Tower Records experiences, mementos, and photographs. Their goal is to paint an accurate picture of the cultural phenomenon that these once-popular hubs created.
The Tower Record Project will be completed in three phases, ultimately leading to a national traveling exhibit of Tower memorabilia, set to debut September 2015 in Sacramento.
To kick off the project, there will be an announcement of the fundraising campaign in the Dimple Records Parking lot this Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. in Sacramento, with VIPs like Ross Solomon himself and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson in attendance.
For more info. visit www.towerrecordsproject.org