Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore

Authors Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein have been discussing their book and Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Roll history at several OCL branches.

Authors Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein have been discussing their book and Jersey Shore Rock ‘n Roll history at several OCL branches.

Reporters and authors Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein have spoken at a few of the OCL branches during June about their book “Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore,” a history of modern music and its impact on New Jersey.

Their own (book) tour took them to the Manchester Branch on June 19.

“This is really a labor of love,” said Mikle. It allows her and Goldstein to share their appreciation of the people and venues that have added to the culture of not only New Jersey but also the world.

An added, though unplanned, bonus was the audience participation as many shared their own experiences of attending such places as the Stone Pony, Asbury Park’s Convention Hall and The Casino Arena that bookended Asbury Park’s boardwalk, the Wonderbar and Ocean County College which hosted Bruce Springsteen and Steel Mill, his band in 1970.

Over the years people enjoyed musicians such as Jersey shore staples Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Clarence Clemons and LaBamba. But they also heard Mick Jagger, Glen Burtnik, Toby Keith, Frank Sinatra, Billy Idol, The Clash, Tiny Tim, Patti Smith, Patti Scilfa, Nicole Atkins, Tony Bennett and Peter Frampton perform locally.

Rock and Roll history hasn’t ended on the Jersey Shore, said Goldstein, but it continues to this day.  The local kids who made good return to their roots, now perform at area fundraisers gratis, and give back to the community that nurtured them and their careers.

You never know who you’ll meet strolling on the boardwalk or sitting in the back of a music performance, enjoying the new musicians who now add to the shore culture.

The book tour makes two more stops at Ocean County libraries: 11 a.m. Saturday June 21 in Waretown, and 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 21 at Upper Shores (Lavallette.)

(Left to right) Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein inscribed copies of their book for Barbara Steele, former Director of the Ocean County Public Affairs Department and Barbara Iasillo, former Dover Township Clerk. (Dover Township was later renamed Toms River Township.)

(Left to right) Jean Mikle and Stan Goldstein inscribed copies of their book for Barbara Steele, former Director of the Ocean County Public Affairs Department and Barbara Iasillo, former Dover Township Clerk. (Dover Township was later renamed Toms River Township.)

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