Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Aquarius Records documentary announces L.A., NYC and more screenings with Q&A after film

"An in-depth look at the heartbreak of shuttering the beloved store amid the Mission District's wave of gentrification and traces its long history of influencing music and culture in the city." -- CBS News SF

"It Came From Aquarius Records" the feature length documentary about the beloved, esoteric San Francisco record store announces upcoming screenings in Los Angeles, New York City, Tucson and St. George, Utah. The director, Kenneth Thomas will hold a Q&A after the film in L.A., NYC and Tucson. For more information, please see below. 

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"It Came From Aquarius Records" is a feature-length documentary about the SF-based independent record store, Aquarius Records. Having closed in 2016 after 47 years, this small apartment-sized store championed local, underground, independent, and challenging music to the masses - most memorably with their infamous bi-weekly, college essay-length, new-release lists.

This doc has interviews with the aQ owners dating back to 1970, other record store owners from around the world, musicians, label heads, music journalists, and INTENSE music collectors. Interviewees include Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips), Bruce Ackley, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), Ty Segall, and Liz Harris (Grouper). About 65 (!!) total!

Aquarius Records influenced and enriched countless peoples’ musical tastes with their curated selections - but this film also shows the realities of an indie record store trying to survive in an increasingly difficult market of brick-and-mortar music shops, especially in the ever-changing and price-gouging Mission District of SF.

Six years in the making, the film has a very personal angle, with lots of behind-the-scenes footage (and drama) that shows both the joy and excruciating stress that comes with running — and closing — a store like this.

Los Angeles premiere:


Tuesday, October 4th, 6pm


Herb Alpert Music Center

Los Angeles City College

855 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Enter the campus from either the Vermont Ave or Heliotrope Drive entrances

Q+A with the film director, along with former president of Reprise Records, Howie Klein, after the film.

Free to the public

Tucson, AZ premiere:

Tucson Film and Music Festival, which runs from October 6-9. More TBA.

St. George, UT premiere:

Doc Utah Film Festival, in St. George, Utah.

Screening on Thursday, November 3, and Saturday, November 5. No Q&A.

New York, NY premiere:

Nitehawk Cinema, in Williamsburg, in early November. More info TBA. 


Website: thescourge.com

FB: facebook.com/aqdoc

IG: instagram.com/aquariusdoc

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