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Book: For Music's Sake: Asbury Park's Upstage Club and Green Mermaid Cafe - The Untold Stories
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By Carrie Potter Devening. Among fans of the Jersey Shore music scene, stories of The Upstage club are legendary -- its importance in nurturing the Asbury Park scene (and the rise of Bruce Springsteen as the hot new guitar gunslinger) in the late '60s can hardly be overstated. As Springsteen recently said, "I met most of the E Street Band there, and Southside Johnny. So it was a very pivotal place."
Go inside the Upstage with Carrie Potter Devening, the granddaughter of Upstage creator Tom Potter. In 2003 after discovering the vast amount of interest in the story, with the support of her husband, family, and many volunteers, she was moved to begin searching out and compiling the memories of the Upstage Club and Green Mermaid Cafe. Although briefly mentioned in other books, something telling the whole story was sorely needed. Her grandfather's photo collection alone is a rich treasure trove capturing the Upstage scene. With so many showing a desire to see the photos, Carrie began organizing the overwhelming collection of memorabilia left behind; the result is For Music's Sake.
Following family tradition as an artist and photographer, the book reflects her personal artistic style in an effort to beautifully display the entire Tom Potter Collection as it deserves. You'll find photos of the long-haired Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen, the young Southside Johnny, David Sancious, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, and many more Creators of the Sound of Asbury Park -- more than 1000 never before seen images of musicians, hippies, riots, town life, and artwork.
Packed with text as well, For Music's Sake gives an in-depth, up close and personal look at a community undergoing a musical renaissance while at the same time struggling for civil rights. Memories of musicians and locals, including Carrie's grandmother Margaret Potter, provide a guide to this missing piece of rock history as you wander into the portal of The Upstage Club and Green Mermaid Cafe and experience this exciting, long awaited release of the entire Tom Potter Collection.
Softcover, 256 pages.