“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll” tells the story of the afflicted city of Asbury Park, and how the power of music brings together a separate community. What was once a quiet coastal city erupted on a hot summer to a home of civil unrest, it paralyzed the city for the next 45 years. Asbury Park was literally divided in two by train tracks. Riots destroyed the legendary jazz and blues scene, but the iconic Jersey Sound was born from the flames of the burning city.
In the documentary, local heroes Steven Van Zandt , Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen return to the legendary Upstage, the psychedelic after-hours club where they started their career. Including unseen interviews and performances from four and a half decades of rock history. Upstage remains a perfect time capsule of the club that connected both sides of the railways and was a breeding ground for the young talents of Asbury. It is the music that gave Asbury Park a new lease of life, while the city now enjoys a long awaited revival.
The cinema version of the documentary shows never before seen images of Van Zandt, Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen of the now legendary performance in the sold-out Paramount Theater. They also exchange musical ideas with a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove that the best days of the city may still have to come.
At the screening in Omniversum, you can see the documentary at one hundred and forty square meters.