Drive launched to save Tower Records building

10/14/2013 12:15 pm0 commentsViews: 225
TOWER RECORDS BUILDING  2011. Photo By Gary McCarthy

Photo By Gary McCarthy


Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — An online petition was launched this past week on the website: to save the world famous Tower Records store on the Sunset Strip.

Local resident and community advocate Jerome Cleary, who is one of the leaders of the petition drive, said this could be the last chance to save the Tower Records store from the wrecking ball and preserve what he called the most significant location and history of music on the Sunset Strip.

He said many music fans remember and know Tower Records as the most famous record store in the world. Many others remember it as the place to be seen and experience live music events during its nearly four decades on Sunset Boulevard.

According to Cleary, last spring the city’s Historic Preservation Commission had two meetings where they agreed there was a significant social, cultural and music history to the store. But then, he said, they got hung up on mere aesthetics of red and yellow paint and additional advertising and marketing signage.

The commissioners did recommend a plaque or perhaps a music square as recognition.  Unfortunately they disagreed about full preservation of the location and structure. The majority of music fans and experts want full preservation of the location and structure. The original Tower Records store opened in November 1970 and began with no additional advertising and marketing signage at all.

The original applicant for preservation is historian and author, Domenic Priore.

Residents and fans still feel that commissioners last spring missed an important opportunity to preserve the location and site, Cleary said. But now there is a second chance as the Tower Records Store is up for reconsideration with an appeal to the City Council.

Cleary has launched a fundraising event on the crowd-funding website: to raise funds to hire experts for the appeal, which is set to be heard by the City Council Nov. 4.

He encourages fans of Tower Records to attend that council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library’s first floor City Council chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Those who cannot attend are encouraged to email the City Council at, or write Stephanie Reich at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069.


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