The book begins with the stories of two musicians whose careers literally began on separate sides of the railroad tracks that divide Asbury Park in half at Springwood Avenue. In July 1970, Cahoots’ bassist, John Luraschi, was on the roof of The Upstage music club, surrounded by armed musicians who set out to protect the club, where artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and "Southside" Johnny Lyon honed their craft, before becoming music legends. Luraschi felt indebted to the club’s owners, Tom and Margaret Potter, who provided him with a venue for self-expression during tougher times. On the west side of the tracks, Ernest “Boom” Carter benefited from the guidance and mentorship of the jazz legends that performed at its many establishments, such as the Orchid Lounge and Turf Club. From the front of Asbury Park High School, Carter, who later played drums on Springsteen’s song “Born to Run,” watched the rioters destroy everything the African-American community had built, in response to de facto segregation on the east side of the city.
The book provides a thorough account of Asbury Park’s musical heritage, told in third person through the eyes of those who experienced and lived it. The book completely outlines the entire careers of Cahoots’ key members and traces how each met and together carved out a slice of the Asbury sound.
Josh Davidson is a former staff writer and New Jersey Press Association Better Newspaper Contest first place award winner for Gannett Co., Inc. and Greater Media Newspapers’ publications. He has written thousands of articles on topics ranging from music, military, municipal governments, investigative reporting/crime, sports and news for hundreds of publications. The New York Times once called an article he wrote for Jersey Beat Magazine, “A well-researched article…which pulls readers towards the pulse of the Asbury rock music scene.”
He is the co-founder and former managing editor of the New Jersey-based online rock magazine, Chorus and Verse. He is also an accomplished lead singer/guitarist and songwriter who has performed in venues throughout the tri-state area, including The Stone Pony and Bitter End.
Davidson grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. A former civilian public affairs director for a multi-billion dollar United States Army organization, Davidson is currently director of proposals & solutioning for Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, Inc., at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He has received the Department of the Army’s Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.