E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt will publish his memoir, titled, Unrequited Infatuations, on September 28th, according to Rolling Stone. The book will cover Van Zandt’s time as a musician on the Jersey Shore, his tenure with Bruce Springsteen’s assorted bands, and his work on such solo projects as the Disciples Of Soul, the anti-apartheid Sin Cityd protect, his acting role on The Sopranos, and beyond.
Van Zandt said in a statement: “I’ve seen enough things that could be useful that justified writing them down and sharing them. As far as my life story? Well I hope this book explains it to me!”
The book’s publisher, Mary Ann Naples, added: “Stevie Van Zandt’s story is a singular arc in American culture. From his vantage point as a witness to the renaissance era of rock & roll to consequential activism and a third act in groundbreaking television, Hachette Books is proud to bring Van Zandt’s odyssey to readers.”
- Back in 2017, Steve Van Zandt compares his role in the E Street Band supporting Bruce Springsteen to that of his Sopranos character Silvio Dante and Tony Soprano.
- Van Zandt was asked by Billboard about his role of the confidante who could “completely level” with “The Boss.” He said, “Yeah, he hated it, but I felt it was the responsibility of a friend to do that. I carried it right into The Sopranos. My relationship with Bruce was the same relationship that Silvio had with Tony Soprano. Silvio was not afraid of Tony. Bruce and I grew up together, so I’m never going to be afraid of him. You want a buffer in between the leader and the day-to-day problems that a band has. (Longtime Springsteen tour director) George Travis fulfills that role for Bruce now, but in the old days, I was that guy. I was a very good consigliere.”
CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band on April 5th, 1995 performing “Two Hearts” live at NYC’s Sony Studios:
CHECK IT OUT: Bruce Springsteen & Steve Van Zandt on May 6th, 2018 performing “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” live in Asbury Park, New Jersey: