This original printing was published by Tower Records to call attention to the grand opening of the Tower Records in El Toro, CA in 1979. Tower opened a number of stores in Southern Cal in the late '70s, early '80s.
These are the only Tower posters in this 13" x 25" size.
Very rare. Artwork by Frank Carson.
Illustrator: Frank Carson
Size: 13" x 25"
Calendars and posters are printed on beautiful heavy paper and are top quality lithography.
Tower created posters and calendars for most of its long tenure as the "greatest record store in the known world." The exact number of prints that were done is unknown. They date back to the early '60s. They might be one-offs celebrating a concert, a poster created to be used in-store to publicize a certain release or just a fun thing printed up because somebody liked a band and wanted to do something nice for them. Cat Stevens, the Jefferson Airplane and Bob Dylan were just a few of the artists whose image or work graced early Tower prints.
Later, the prints and calendars publicized store openings or took the form of calendars which touted the local radio stations in Tower store markets all over the country.
This smaller format was a departure from the then-ubiquitous Tower calendars.
We think the first actual Tower calendar was published in 1975 and continued for almost three decades. Many were produced in cooperation with radio stations, who would pay or trade for the insertion of their logo on a certain number of the calendars, which would then be distributed through the Tower stores in that particular market. The calendars were highly sought after and turned up in TV sitcoms and movies, such as the music movie FM or the long-running TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.
Frank Carson did virtually all of the calendars from the early '70s through the '90s.
These calendars are increasingly rare. More than any record chain, the iconic Tower Records has become a symbol of the halcyon days of prerecorded sound.
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