Asbury Park – rähinöintiä ja rock & rollia

OhjausTom Jones
PääosissaSteven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon, Bruce Springsteen
Kesto2 h 10 min (sis. dokumentin ja konsertin)

Tämä on kertomus rauhattomasta Asbury Parkin kaupungista ja siitä kuinka musiikin voima voi yhdistää jakautuneen porukan. Rotumellakka repi merenrantakaupungin kahtia heinäkuun neljäntenä 1970 lamaannuttaen sen 45 vuodeksi. Palavan kaupungin liekkien keskeltä murtautui kuitenkin esiin Bruce Springsteen – ja tarunomainen Jersey-sound.

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“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll” is the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Parkand how the power of music can unite a people divided.

A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Parksuffered a race riot on Independence Day, 1970, crippling the town for the next 45 years andreducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, theriot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene but from the flames of the burning cityemerged Bruce Springsteen and the fabled Jersey sound.

“Asbury Park” returns Asbury denizens Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt and Southside Johnny Lyon tothe legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after hours club where they got their start. Shuttered forfour and a half decades, the Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the Club which united bothsides of the tracks in Asbury and acted as a crucible for young talent.As part of the event, Springsteen, Van Zandt and Southside Johnny play a now legendary concert to asold out Paramount Theater and to trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of11 year old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.As Asbury Park emerges from an economic and social ruin sparked by the racial violence of the‘60’s, it points the way forward and provides a cautionary tale for towns caught in the grips ofthat problem today.


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