Friday, March 14, 2014

Greetings from (my visit to) Asbury Park, NJ

       In 1973, Bruce Springsteen released his debut album,  Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.; 40 years later, I made my first visit to Asbury Park, NJ.
      Alright, alright, alright.......I was exploring the boardwalk when I found a gray, long sleeve sweatshirt (with "Greetings from Asbury Park" printed on it) hanging on a rack in the front of this little joint. The inside of the store was dimly lit, but I finally found the cash register way in the back of the store.......... that's when I realized it was a "smoke shop".  The guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted the shirt "Jersey-style."  I admit I was a bit dazed and confused about what this meant; but, I wanted to seem dope.  So, I said, "Heck, yeah!"  He then pulled out a pair of very large scissors and cut off the sleeves and the bottom of the sweatshirt.  I bit my lip, paid for what was left of the shirt and then split with my bag.  I don't know if the dude was just stoned or if I just got torched. But you know what?  I don't care because I think it does have Jersey Shore swag & I'm gonna spark it up here in Pittsburgh!  'cause sometimes "you just gotta keep livin', man.     L-I-V-I-N."
Rebuilt Asbury Park Convention Center/Boardwalk post- Super storm Sandy makes me think of, "4th of July, Asbury Park(Sandy)", from Springsteen's Album, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.....
 Springsteen wrote the song as his goodbye to this town and starting a new life.
"for me this boardwalk life is through, babe
you ought to quit this scene too"
Wonder Bar: Story has it that, in 1971, Clarence Clemons was playing at Wonder Bar and,
 during a break, he went down the street to another venue to see Springsteen play
 "and the big man joined the band". The song "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" is the story of this infamous encounter.

Part of the Casino and Carousel House where
 "the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore"

The Stone Pony, where Springsteen played many times over the years, starting in the 70's...
"she was  dressed like a star in one of them cheap little seaside bars"
I read that this is where Springsteen first met his wife, Patty Scialfa!


"Did you hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do"
Madam Marie passed on in 2008 at the age of 93.


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