June 29, 2020 – NEWARK, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that it will broadcast the acclaimed documentary, Asbury Park: Riot Redemption Rock & Roll, on Sunday, July 5 at 10pm on NJTV (check local listings). Watch a preview here.
The 90-minute film tells the story of the long-troubled town of Asbury Park, NJ, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted with riots the week of July 4th in 1970 during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for decades and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riots destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound.
“NJTV is proud to be able to offer this important film to all New Jerseyans at a time when social injustice is again making headlines,” said NJTV General manager John Servidio. “We hope it stimulates poignant conversation with our viewers, illustrating how progress can come from adversity, and the power of the arts to heal communities.”
The documentary returns Asbury sons Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny Lyon 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.
The film had a successful worldwide theatrical release in 2019 and was featured in the 2019 Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, among others.
Asbury Park: Riot Redemption Rock & Roll is directed by Tom Jones and made possible in part by Jersey Mike’s. Their funding allows all profits worldwide to be dedicated to promoting and creating music education programs for wide distribution.