Serious music fans will not want to miss Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll, the story of the New Jersey city Asbury Park told through the prism of race relations and music.
The city was immortalised in Bruce Springsteen’s 1973 debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park and Springsteen makes an appearance alongside fellow ‘Jersey music gods’ Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon.
Tom Jones’ film looks like a true heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, earth-quaking, Viagra-taking, justifying, death-defying look at how Asbury Park shaped music and how music shaped Asbury Park.
Check out the trailer:
Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll will premiere at The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival on April 28 before arriving in cinemas around the world on 22 May, (with a second show on 29 May in the US).
Look out for a review on Movies In Focus soon.
The film tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound.
Asbury Park returns Asbury sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon and Bruce Springsteen to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start, featuring never before seen interviews and performances. Shuttered for four and a half decades, the Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the Club, which united both sides of the tracks in Asbury and acted as a crucible for young talent. Now, as Asbury Park enjoys its long awaited renaissance, it is music, which has brought it back from the dead.