Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll is the story of the long-troubled town of Asbury Park and how the power of music can unite a people divided. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park suffered a race riot on Independence Day of 1970, crippling the town for the next 45 years. A town divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene but from the flames of the burning town emerged Bruce Springsteen and the iconic Jersey sound.
Asbury Park 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. 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.
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.
Director, Tom Jones has said on the release: "It has taken Asbury Park five decades toRISE up and stand on the brink of being something better than ever before. We should all listen to the wisdom of lessons learned the hard way and the music which fuelled the revival."
Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll will premiere at The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival on 28 April before arriving in cinemas around the world on 22 May.