Asbury Park, NJ, May 11, 2010 –(– Many rock and roll fans have heard of Asbury Park, New Jersey because of Bruce Springsteen, and, in many ways, Bruce has helped make the town America’s Liverpool — a seaside setting known far beyond its borders because of its musical heritage. People have been travelling to Asbury Park to see the town behind Springsteen’s lyrics for decades, but its rock and roll history goes far beyond the Boss. The town’s true story has been largely untold, but will finally be revealed in “Beyond The Palace” with the help of music fans and

In “Beyond The Palace,” Gary Wien (a three-time Asbury Music Journalist of the Year, currently writing for takes you through the city’s long and illustrious music history from the Upstage Club where musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Chinnock, David Sancious, Little Steven and Southside Johnny used to jam all night to early clubs like The Student Prince and Sunshine In; from the legendary Stone Pony and Fastlane to alternative clubs like the Green Parrot, T-Birds Cafe and The Saint.

The book takes you inside the scene like never before. You’ll hear the stories right from the artists themselves. It’s a look at drugs, sex and booze; bands that made it big, artists on the rise, and those that just missed the mark. It brings you inside the music industry from how bands fight to get signed to how things can fall apart overnight. Asbury Park has always been a town built on dreams and “Beyond The Palace” shows that artists do not have to sell millions of records to be remembered.

“Beyond The Palace” also contains over 100 rare or never-before-seen photographs of the artists and Asbury Park as it has changed over the years.

Wien is currently raising funds to pay for the book’s printing costs and royalty fees for the photographs included throughout the book. Music fans or fans of Asbury Park can make donations online at:

The project has until June 5th to raise $3,000. If the amount is not raised in time, those who have placed donations will not owe anything and the project will be over. Those who pledge will receive rewards such as autographed copies of the book, 1 or 3-hour radio shows of their favorite songs, tickets to a private book release party, and their name thanked in the book. People can even have their own page to let the world know of their love of Asbury Park music or favorite memory of the town. Prizes will only be delivered if the project reaches its goal.


Contact Information:
Gary Wien

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