PHOTOS: Tower Records Site Through the Years

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After Muntz’s car stereo center closed and demolished in 1970, Tower Records was built, and, according to the 1974 Guinness Book of World Records, was the largest record store in the world. Celebrity sightings were common, and, as you’ll see below, the building more than kept up with a surge of prolific advertising along the Strip in the 1970s. (Photo by Robert Landau/From the book “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”)
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(Photo by Robert Landau/From the book “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”)
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(Photo by Robert Landau/From the book “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”)
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(Photo by Robert Landau/From the book “Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip”)

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In 2006, the Tower chain declared bankruptcy and the Tower Sunset location closed.

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Click below to see the site as a “Wonder Emporium.”


5 Comments
  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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