Asbury Park: Riot Redemption Rock n Roll

Asbury Park: Riot Redemption Rock n Roll

Tom Jones (3) (2019)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Hailed by one contributor to this powerful documentary as "the Liverpool of America", Asbury Park on the New Jersey shoreline was the hub of a vibrant late-1960s music scene that famously spawned Bruce Springsteen, whose earliest albums featured the location and its real-life characters. Split into an "East" and "West" side, with the haves and have-nots largely drawn along racial lines, it was also the scene of violent rioting in 1970, triggering a decline in its fortunes that lasted close to 20 years. Springsteen himself, alongside members of his E Street Band and other musicians with whom he shared a stage, paint evocative portraits of a burg that remains to some degree a microcosm of the US. The Boss's music is used sparingly to punctuate Asbury Park's rise, fall and subsequent shoots of recovery, emboldened by the optimism of long-term inhabitants who worked their way into positions of political and social prominence, their affection for the city's frayed-at-the-edges grandeur evident in every scene.

Cast & Crew

Steve Van Zandt Steve Van Zandt
Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen
Director Tom Jones (3)

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Trafalgar ReleasingReleased on: 22 May 2019