No Longer Empty Brings Music Back to Former Tower Records Store
A temporary exhibition opened last week in NYC at the site of a former downtown Tower Records store.
A temporary exhibition opened last week in NYC at the site of a former downtown Tower Records store. Organized by No Longer Empty, Never Can Say Goodbye is an exhibition that celebrates the past history of the site by showcasing works of art connected to music. The show also offers a perspective on how the music industry changed due to the move to digital formats.
Entering the space off Broadway, you first encounter what looks to be a music store. There are bins with records and a counter with a cashier. Overhead a large banner with a ‘Never Records’ logo hints that maybe a music retailer has returned to the site. But it is actually the work of Ted Riederer who created the phantom store to confuse visitors and encourage recollections of shopping the Tower store. While Never Records isn’t an actual retailer, the music and clothing on display can be purchased.