Interview: Director Tom Jones On ASBURY PARK: RIOT, REDEMPTION, ROCK 'N ROLL - Movies In Focus
Director Tom Jones’ documentary, Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘n’ Roll is a fascinating tale of how the seaside town made famous by Bruce Springsteen‘s debut album was ripped apart by riots and rebuilt though the healing power and redemptive nature of music. It’s a must-see piece, rich in stories told by Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Southside Johnny – the holy trinity of the New Jersey Sound (read the Movies In Focus review). I caught-up with Tom Jones to talk about the film, the power of Asbury Park’s musical history and how he was able to get New Jersey’s most famous son involved in the project. Enjoy… How did Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll come about? It all started with a photograph. The chairman of the Gibson guitar company got a photograph in the mail of Bruce Springsteen playing a Gibson – and he’s very famous for playing a Fender guitar and it had a little hand-written note saying, ‘Wouldn’t this make a great ad? You should call me”. And the note was from a woman in Woodrow, Texas named Kerry Potter, whose grandfather owned a place in Asbury Park called The Upstage Club that closed in [...]