Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'n Roll

New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen performs to a sold-out crowd in this live performance documentary that also examines his hometown's past.

A once storied seaside resort town, Asbury Park suffered a race riot on Independence Day, 1970, crippling the town for the next 45 years and destroying the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene. However, from the rubble rose Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen returns to Upstage, the psychedelic after-hours club where he and his band got their start, reunites with his earliest band members to play the Paramount Theater and trades guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury.


Documentary, Music, Live Performance


Rating: PG Mild coarse language


FilmInk (Australia)


This is - until about the two-thirds mark - a wonderfully interesting documentary.

Hollywood Reporter


While Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock 'n' Roll too often feels like a promotional video created by a local tourism organisation, it nonetheless provides an engaging history of the town and its once-vibrant music scene.

Variety (USA)


While the film may feel at times like it was made under the auspices of an Asbury Park tourism board, it's at least a theoretical tourism board that has a good awareness that a dystopia doesn't shift back to utopia overnight, or even over a neat 50 years.