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Special Screening Sunday: “Art Gods” of Tower Records

Art Gods official film poster
Art Gods official film poster


Most folks around Sacramento are aware of the basic story surrounding the Fall and Rise of the iconic Tower Records stores, and many have personal histories that include time spent working or browsing the aisles. On Sunday, January 26th, the Crest Theatre will screen “Art Gods” – billed as “an oral history of the Tower Records art department.”

The following synopsis by Heather Taylor can be found at the film’s page on the Internet Movie Database:

“California based Tower Records was THE place to purchase music around the world for decades. One of a kind promotional displays set the scene in each store and viewing them became a part of the record buying experience. Art Gods is the story of how one employee’s idea inspired a chain wide artistic style and includes a wealth of photos, videos of in store musician appearances, and interviews with the artists who made it happen. The artists themselves are as unique as the stores and their stories are ripe from the great days of sex, drugs, and rock n roll. Audio interviews with store founder Russ Solomon offer insight into the family-owned Tower Records management culture, so refreshingly different from today’s homogenized corporate and chain stores.”

As per the Crest’s website: “Doors open at 1:15 P.M. for the 2:00 P.M. show. Tickets are $10 All Seats On sale NOW tickets.com, Crest, 1-800-225-2277.”

The filmmakers will conduct a Q&A following the screening.

The film’s trailer can be found on youtube here.


About the author

Tony Sheppard

Tony is a Professor at Sacramento State, Co-Director of the Sacramento Film & Music Festival and a long-time writer, primarily on topics related to film and the film industry. He is an active supporter of the local arts community, an amateur photographer, and has an interest in architecture and urban planning topics. He is currently designing a 595 sq.ft. house on a very small infill lot in Sacramento.

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