PHOTOS: Tower Records Site Through the Years

Earl “Madman” Muntz took over the building in the mid-1960s. Known for his wild advertising tactics, Muntz sold car stereo systems, and developed the 4-track tape cartridge, which played pre-recorded music on a continuous loop. The “Muntz Stereo-Pak” 4-Track tape cartridges proved popular as it allowed people to listen to albums in their cars for the first time.


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  1. The presence of a 2000s-era Lexus in the Muntz shot makes it obvious that’s not the site in the 1960s. Your photo is of the Muntz facility in Ventura, CA (at 2834 E Main St).

  2. Wow…I remember standing in line for hours to meet Oingo Boingo at their final meet-n-greet there. Drove all the way from Bakersfield.

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