Documentary about Tower Records debuts at SXSW festival

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A documentary about the legacy of Tower Records, the retail store that dominated for decades before filing for bankruptcy in 2006, earned a standing ovation at the South by Southwest festival.

“All Things Must Pass” had its world premiere Tuesday at the ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas. It explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, which launched in 1960 in a Sacramento drugstore. It eventually opened 200 stores in 30 countries.

In 1999, it made $1 billion.

Colin Hanks, the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor, directed the documentary, which is his first feature. He spent seven years working on the film.

Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Dave Grohl and record executive David Geffen also made appearances in the film.