Thursday, June 26, 2008

Apocalyptic Photos from the Decline of the Recording Industry

Greetings music fans, and welcome to Metaphor City!

I love these photographs of abandoned Tower Record stores that were taken by Calvin Kaneda. It's no secret that sales of recorded music are in a deep nosedive, and the 2006 bankruptcy and liquidation of Tower Records is an apt symbol of the industry's woes.

Yet while symbols are nice, metaphors are even more powerful, and Calvin's photos are a fantastic visual representation of the recording industry's decline.

Meanwhile, the zombie ghost of Jack Valenti should take note: Calvin photographed an abandoned Tower Video store too:

Flickr Photosets by Calvin Kaneda:
Record Store 111 Broadway
Record Store 113 Watt
Video Store 111 Broadway