Local Heroes: The Asbury Park Music Scene

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During the 1950s and 1960s, Asbury Park, New Jersey, was the place to be-to stroll along the boardwalk, to sunbathe, and, most importantly, to listen to live music. But since the city fell into ruin, culminating in the race riots of the 1970s, many were left to wonder if the former rock 'n' roll mecca had been silenced forever. In Local Heroes, author Anders Mårtensson and photographer Jörgen Johansson revisit the myths, legends, and romantic visions of the music scene in a ...
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Overview


During the 1950s and 1960s, Asbury Park, New Jersey, was the place to be-to stroll along the boardwalk, to sunbathe, and, most importantly, to listen to live music. But since the city fell into ruin, culminating in the race riots of the 1970s, many were left to wonder if the former rock 'n' roll mecca had been silenced forever. In Local Heroes, author Anders Mårtensson and photographer Jörgen Johansson revisit the myths, legends, and romantic visions of the music scene in a town that is striving to make a comeback.

While the story of Asbury Park is inseparable from widely popular artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, Steven van Zandt, and Southside Johnny Lyon, Local Heroes pays tribute to these musicians alongside the many other talents who stayed behind, playing in local clubs, helping to forge what became known as the "Jersey Shore sound." In a series of original interviews, readers will hear first-hand from the people who wrote, performed, and lived the music. Accompanied by exclusive photographs, musical personalities such as Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, Danny Federici, Bill Chinnock, Vini Lopez, Pete Yorn, and many others are brought to life. Whether the redevelopment efforts underway in Asbury Park today will someday serve as the stage for music legends of tomorrow is a story that has yet to play out. But for now, rock 'n' roll fans can delight in a stunning tribute to a city and its talents whose music continues to play on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813542942
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anders Mårtensson  is a Swedish author and journalist who grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen.

Jörgen Johansson is an award-winning photojournalist and a long-time follower of the Asbury Park music scene.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A Rude Awakening - October 2, 2004 1

By the River in Belfast - Big Danny Gallagher 9

Bringin' on the Power - Stormin' Norman Seldin 15

The Carpenter's Rhapsody - Billy Ryan 21

Bears, Chimpanzees, and Jerry Lee - Sonny Kenn 27

The Kid and the Stratocaster - Bill Chinnock 31

Tequilas, Red Hats, and Fishing Reels - Lance Larson 39

The Last of the Mohicans - Richard Blackwell 47

Laughter, Tears, and Memories of Rock 'n' Roll - Delores Holmes and Barbara Dinkins Gunter 53

A Man and His Truck - Carl "Tinker" West 59

E Street 65

Creating Something from Nothing - Steven Van Zandt 67

"Thank God for Rock 'n' Roll" - Danny Federici 75

"We Lived in Our Own Microcosm" - Garry Tallent 81

A Blues for Heavy Louise - David Sancious 89

"Guitar, Drums, and Organ Are God" - Vini Lopez 95

Four Minutes, Thirty Seconds: Rock 'n' Roll History - Ernest "Boom" Carter 101

"We Dressed Alike, We Spoke the Same Language" - Max Weinberg 107

The Homework Guy - Nils Lofgren 113

Out on Bleecker Street - Soozie Tyrell 119

"The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer" - Toby Scott 129

Getting the Vibe of It - Bob Clearmountain 133

"There's No Finer Band in This Land Around" - Kid Leo 139

"We Really Wanted to Get Out" - Southside Johnny Lyon and Bobby Bandiera 145

Lipstick Traces - Mark Pender and Richie Rosenberg 151

Shades of Blue - Lisa Lowell 157

"It's Not Just Notes and Rhythms" - Alan Chez 163

School of Rock - Glen Burtnik 167

Life after E Street Wham - John Eddie 171

History Written on the Sidewalk - Lee Mrowicki 179

Bootleg Man - Bob Benjamin 183

"The Rest of Us Were Blue-Eyed Soul Bands" - Tony Pallagrosi 187

On the Road to Freehold191

The Bass Player Who Stayed Behind - Michael Wilson 195

A Little Rock 'n' Roll Band in Freehold - George Theiss 199

Westward Bound - Pete Yarn 207

Garden State Parkway, Exit 105 - Michael Strollo 211

When Worlds Collide - Albie Monterrosa 215

Wachovia Center - October 1, 2004 231

Epilogue: City of Dreams Revisited - March 31, 2007 233

Index 237

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