Amoebite Zak Wilson, who I last talked with here a few years back when he offered his invaluable insights on the world of guitar picks for the Amoeblog, is always busy working on some new project. His latest, of which he is one of several contributors, is the wonderful new documentary Art Gods (An Oral History of the Tower Records Art Department) which, as its title implies, is about the art display department of the now defunct Sacramento based US record store chain during its 1980's heyday when Wilson worked in Tower Records' active art department.
An engaging time capsule of a bygone era in both the record business when records were the primary format, and in the pre-computer/pre-digital age of art displays, the film premieres tonight and tomorrow (Dec 6th and 7th) at San Francisco's Balboa Theatre. Next week Art Gods will arrive in Amoeba and other stores on DVD. This is part one of a two-part interview with Zak about this movie and its subject matter - along with pictures of some of those great album art based record store displays. The continuation part two will run next week to coincide with the release of the documentary on DVD.
Amoeblog: What do you miss most about the record industry heyday of the 1980's?