Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll” tells the story of the long troubled town of Asbury Park, and how the power of music can unite a divided community. A once storied seaside resort, Asbury Park erupted in flames during a summer of civil unrest, crippling the town for the next 45 years and reducing it to a state of urban blight. A town literally divided by a set of railroad tracks, the riot destroyed the fabled Westside jazz and blues scene, but from the flames of the burning city emerged the iconic Jersey sound.

Official Trailer

“Asbury Park” returns native sons Southside Johnny, David Sancious, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, 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.

This major theatrical event will also include a bonus feature of never before seen footage, as Van Zandt, Southside Johnny, Springsteen and the Upstage All-stars play a now legendary concert to a sold out Paramount Theater and trade guitar licks with the future of music in Asbury, a group of 11-year-old rockers who prove the best days for the town may just lie ahead.

Central Ticketing Website: https://www.asburyparkmovietickets.com

Proceeds from the film will help support TeachRock!

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Dolores – Nominated for a 2018 Peabody

Dolores’, a Carlos Santana Production, in association with 5 Stick Films, and THE DOLORES HUERTA FILM PROJECT, LLC (PBS), was nominated for a 2018 Peabody Award as a Documentary. Peabody Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at a red-carpet event on Saturday, May 18, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle – The Howard Stern Show

So cool to hear Sammy Hagar & The Circle on The Howard Stern Show this morning. Howard conducted a relaxed and authoritative interview with the band members.

I really enjoyed the world premiere of the song, “Can’t Hang” from the Space Between album which drops on May 10th. Look for Sammy Hagar & The Circle on tour in a venue near you soon.

Year of the Monkey – Patti Smith

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
Penguin Random House

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one trans-formative year. This book is due to be released on September 24th, 2019.

Following a run of New Year’s concerts at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs–including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, “Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” For Smith–inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing–the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. 

Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. 

Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

Santana Record Store Day Exclusive Release

Record Store Day is celebrated on Saturday April 13, 2019. Santana collectors will enjoy hunting for this new 7″ vinyl recording Breaking Down The Door (Concord Records). It offers a focus track from the forthcoming full length Santana album, Africa Speaks plus an exclusive bonus track.

This album was produced with the guidance of legendary Rick Rubin. It is due to drop on Friday June 7, 2019. CD Copies of Africa Speaks are free for Santana Global Consciousness 2019 tour ticket holders.

The RSD exclusive release features the artistry of songstress Concha Buika, known as the Queen of Latin Vocal Jazz.

The A side is “Breaking Down The Door”. Written by Carlos Santana, Concha Buika, Drew Gonsalves, Ivan Duran, Manu Chao, and Rafael de León.

”Breaking Down The Door” is an adaptation of the song Abatina by Calypso Rose (The song authors are listed in bold in the previous paragraph.) This will be one of the anticipated 14 to 20 Africa Speaks tracks.

The bonus B side is “Dolor De Rumba”. Written by Carlos Santana, Concha Buika, and Ebo Taylor. It is a derivative of the original song “Twer Nyame” by renowned afro-beat Ghanaian guitarist Ebo Taylor.


Santana Album Cover Signed

I love music memorabilia. I collect tour programs, music pins, posters, signed CD and album covers.

One of my favorite pieces in my collection is the first Santana album signed by the original band members, Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, and Michael Shrieve.

I am hoping to get Michael Carabello and Jose “Chepito” Areas to sign this album cover someday.

Michael Carabello has shown up to play unannounced twice at live concerts I have attended. I saw him play with The Steve Miller Band and with Santana in Connecticut. I just didn’t have this album with me those evenings.

The quest continues 🙂

Led Zeppelin – 50 Years Ago Today

The eponymous album Led Zeppelin was released in the United States on this day in rock history, 50 years ago, January 12th, 1969.

Picture courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Copyright 2018

I first learned of Led Zeppelin in the fall of 1968 from a friend in high school, Tom Stein. He had a friend or relative (can’t remember which) in England who shared the excitement Led Zeppelin was creating across the pond. Finally I heard the album in December on WNEW-FM New York City’s premier rock station. It was featured in heavy rotation on DJ Scott Muni‘s, “Things From England” show. I was hooked.

I bought this record straight away and took this 12″ LP everywhere I went for the next few months as you can see from the back cover.

I played Led Zeppelin again today through my iPhone XR via Apple Cloud Music and headphones on my morning walk. It still sounds fresh and brilliant as ever!