By Daniel Wolff
"Wonderfully evocative…a grand, unhappy tale of racism and genuine property, political hardball and beach pleasure-seeking."―A.O. Scott, New York occasions booklet Review
When Bruce Springsteen known as his first album Greetings from Asbury Park, he brought a new release of enthusiasts to a fallen seashore lodge city that got here to symbolize working-class American lifestyles. beginning with the town's founding as a non secular promised land, track journalist and poet Daniel Wolff plots a direction via Asbury Park's one hundred thirty years of entwined social and musical historical past, in a narrative that captures the entire attract and heartbreak of the yankee dream.
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From turn-of-the-century oompah bands through the early days of jazz to the beginnings of rock & roll, Asbury Park had been part of a shore sound— beach music— that was all about the sometimes contradictory ideas of freedom and fun and democracy. If anything had changed by Springsteen's time, it was the understanding of what those promises meant— and how they'd been broken. Even as his E Street Band was forming, Asbury's ghetto erupted into flames. " But that was only true for those who had refused to see behind the grinning mask of amusement.
There is a city called Asbury Park, a" place on the Jersey shore occupied by real people, where actual buildings stand in various stages of decrepitude and renewal, where the Atlantic Ocean breaks on the sand. And this book tells what happened there over the past 130 years. But the purpose of this book is to tell the history of what Asbury Park promised. These days, most of us know that promise through the music of Bruce Springsteen. If we've heard about the city at all, it's as the beat-up shore town where Springsteen came of age.
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4th of July, Asbury Park. A History of the Promised Land by Daniel Wolff