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Gibson Enters Retail With New Hollywood Store

... a showcase for its guitars and expanded offering of consumer electronics. “This will be the first spot where our entire music chain will be presented,” said CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.

Equally important to Gibson, he said, will be the as-yet-unnamed Sunset Strip location’s function as a place for new talent to break out. “Live music is a tough business, and it’s getting hammered,” Juszkiewicz said. “What artists need to develop their craft is to get exposed to an audience and not have to fill 10,000 seats. Hopefully we will contribute to bringing out up-and-coming artists of all genres.”

The Tower Records building was for decades a center of activity in the Sunset Strip’s vibrant music scene. The good times ended after Tower filed for bankruptcy in 2006, but Juszkiewicz says the new Gibson store will pay tribute to the Tower Records legacy. “We are going to honor history and take it to a whole new level,” he said. “We want to retain that crazy vibe of Tower Records.

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