Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Dies at 92

Rest in peace to the music pioneer.

By
Music
2,087 Hypes 0 Comments

Nowadays, expansive music catalogues are just a few swipes away. But for decades, the convenience of getting your hands on the hottest music meant trekking to an actual store, where music tastemakers, were the store music buyers. Spanning through much of the ’80s and ’90s, Tower Records across North America became the meccas for music fans. Unfortunately, with the internet and digital age coming into play, Russ Solomon’s music superstore was eventually rendered obsolete and filed for bankruptcy in 2006. Despite this, he remains a pioneer, becoming one of the first individuals ever to build a global retail empire stemming from music.

Over the weekend, the music entrepreneur unfortunately passed away at the age 92. According to reports, Solomon suffered a heart attack while accompanied by his wife and son at their Sacramento-area residence. “Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whiskey,” Solomon’s son said. When she returned, he had died. Rest in peace to Russ Solomon.

Read the official report on Sacbee.

Read Full Article
Image Credit
All Things Must Pass

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

512 Users Online

What to Read Next

BMW Unveils Stunning M8 Gran Coupe Concept
Automotive

BMW Unveils Stunning M8 Gran Coupe Concept

Is this Aquaman’s car?

Chanel's Fall/Winter 2018 Collection Is Inspired by the English Countryside
Fashion

Chanel's Fall/Winter 2018 Collection Is Inspired by the English Countryside

A woodland fantasy.

Porsche Hits the Backcountry With Mission E Cross Turismo
Automotive

Porsche Hits the Backcountry With Mission E Cross Turismo

The luxury brand’s latest off-road ride is electric-powered.


Toyota Unveils the Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept
Automotive

Toyota Unveils the Gazoo Racing Supra Racing Concept

Previewing the legendary car’s 2019 return.

Prada's Spring/Summer 2018 Collection Gets Dragged Through an Abandoned Wasteland
Fashion 

Prada's Spring/Summer 2018 Collection Gets Dragged Through an Abandoned Wasteland

Our latest “Tears in the Rain” editorial takes inspiration from ‘Blade Runner.’

Yung Lean Gives His Opinion on Everything From IKEA to Elon Musk
Music

Yung Lean Gives His Opinion on Everything From IKEA to Elon Musk

As well as discussing meatballs, vegans and meeting Charlie Sheen.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.