‘Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock N’ Roll’ Documentary Gets Digital Release
Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll –a documentary telling the story of Asbury Park-is now available to purchase on digital platforms including the Apple TV App and Amazon, it was announced today.
Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll returns native sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon, David Sancious and Bruce Springsteen to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start, featuring never before seen interviews and performances.
The film–directed by Tom Jones–features footage of Springsteen, Lyon and Van Zandt performing at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.
“This film has been a labor of love for so many to create and bring to life,” said Jones. “The passion we all share for the city of Asbury Park and the power of music it has delivered is groundbreaking. This is a story rooted from a Jersey Shore town that will transcend globally.”
Asbury Park: Riot Redemption, Rock n Roll premiered at The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival in April 2019 and was screened in cinemas around the world a month later.
The film also features photos and content courtesy of Carrie Potter-Devening, the granddaughter of Upstage Club Owners Tom and Margaret Potter, who chronicles this period in her book, For Music’s Sake: Asbury Park’s Upstage Club and Green Mermaid Cafe, The Untold Stories.
“It’s surreal,” Potter tells 1071 The Boss mid-day jock Michele Amabile.
“My grandfather gave musicians tools to make beautiful music and art that they never would have had access to,” says Potter, adding that she has lost count of all of the successful musicians that found their voice at the tiny club in Asbury Park. which shuttered its doors in 1971.
The film is produced in association with Jersey Mike’s, which allows all profits worldwide to be dedicated to supporting and creating music education programs for wide distribution.