Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ’n’ Roll will screen in theaters this May
Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and more recount their Jersey Shore roots in a new documentary, Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll. The film will premiere April 28th at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park as part of the 2019 Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. It will then screen in movie theaters globally May 22nd.
Directed by Tom Jones, Asbury Park examines the history of the seaside resort and how an unemployment crisis led to riots that decimated the town’s predominately black westside, including its fabled jazz and blues scene. The film will then trace the aftermath and the rise of Springsteen and the Jersey sound, with a particular focus on the famed venue, the Upstage, which became a hub for musicians from all over Asbury Park.(Rolling Stone)
This major theatrical event will also include a bonus feature of never before seen footage, as Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, Springsteen and the Upstage All-stars play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theater and trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.
Asbury Park will boast never-before-seen performance footage, as well as interviews with Springsteen, Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon and David Sancious. The upcoming screenings will also feature bonus clips of Springsteen, Van Zandt, Southside Johnny and the Upstage All-Stars performing at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theater in 2017.
Tickets and theater information for Asbury Park are available on the film’s website.
In a recent interview, Springsteen said he is going to focus on making “new music” and “rock music,” but also hinted that he may not yet be ready to part with what he started on Broadway.(Variety)
“There’s other projects to take up my time,” he said. “I am looking forward to doing some other things and at some point I will probably get back to this, or something like it, in the future because it was such an enjoyable format to work in.”