‘For Music’s Sake’ Author Carrie Potter Talks New Film, ‘Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock and Roll’ (Listen to Interview)
“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock and Roll,” a new documentary exploring the roots of the New Jersey sound, is hitting theaters worldwide on May 22 and May 29, featuring rare photos, archival footage, and interviews with rock luminaries Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Southside Johnny.
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 movie explores the healing power music had on the seaside community after the town was burned in race riots.
Although she has not seen the movie yet, Potter is excited that the film’s director, Tom Jones, conducted interviews inside the Upstage, which according to Springsteen in a recent talk at the Asbury Music and Film Festival was perfectly preserved.
“I’m grateful that we were able to get that on film,” she said.
Proceeds from the film will benefit educational programs, such as Van Zandt’s “Teach Rock” charity.
For tickets to the film–which will screen locally in Freehold, Brick and Hazlet–click HERE.
To buy the book, click HERE.
Listen to the interview below: