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Tower Records Was More Than Music 

When: Thu., July 18 2013
With that statement, Tower Records declared itself more than just a music store. From its founding in 1960 until its closure in 2006, Tower was a gathering place, a library, a barometer of cultural trends and one-time icon of the U.S. retail market.

A Tower Records photo exhibit is opening Thursday, July 18 from 6-9pm in HOT ITALIAN at the Public Market Emeryville (5959 Shellmound Street) with special guest Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon and featuring photographs from Tower Records history and store fronts from founding-city Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York. The Tower Records Project was established to fund the preservation and create a traveling exhibit of Tower-related history donated by Solomon. The first HOT ITALIAN is located in midtown Sacramento at 1627 16th Street, just blocks down from the original Tower store. In honor of Tower, HOT ITALIAN created limited edition t-shirts designed by former Tower Records employee Stephanie Azam emblazoned with “No Pizza. No Life.” -- a nod to Tower’s famous “No Music. No Life” slogan. The phone number 916-444-3000 is also serendipitously both Tower Records former phone number and HOT ITALIAN midtown's current phone number.

The $25 t-shirts are for sale now at both HOT ITALIAN locations and on HOTITALIAN.net with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the fundraising effort.

For information on the Tower Records Project, visit www.towerrecordsproject.org.

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