The Last Bastions of Rock is a documentary by Fritch Clark about music venues throughout New Jersey with a focus on the New Brunswick music scene. The documentary covers over 30 years of live music history including venues still putting on shows such as the Court Tavern, The Stone Pony, Maxwell's, and the Brighton Bar; as well as venues that have disappeared over time such as The Melody Bar, Patrix, The Dirt Club, The Pipeline, the Upstage Club, the Fast Lane, Asbury Lanes, the Loop Lounge, and City Gardens. The film features interviews with musicians and those important to the music scenes around the Garden State such as Matt Pinfield, Martin Atkins, Brian Fallon, and many more. Additionally, the film includes live footage of several influential New Jersey bands from over the years.
The New Brunswick Music Scene Archive, housed in Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives, is excited to present a screening of a special director’s cut of The Last Bastions of Rock as well as a Q&A with director Fritch Clark on April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall on the fourth floor of Alexander Library.