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He’s been a confidant to two iconic bosses — Bruce Springsteen and Tony Soprano. But Stevie Van Zandt, guitarist for the E Street Band and actor on The Sopranos, has also made a name for himself as leader of his own band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul; as host of the syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage; and for his involvement in two SiriusXM channels. Such a varied career may seem worthy of writing a memoir, and Van Zandt, 70, has done that, too, with the newly published Unrequited Infatuations.
We caught up with this Renaissance man to talk about life, rock and more.
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You first started working on your book about 15 years ago, but couldn’t finish it. What changed this time?
I just couldn’t really find any kind of ending to it. My life was such chaos to begin with, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to write the book. Hopefully, it would explain my life to me. But I just couldn’t find any kind of real closure at that point. The last three years — ’17, ’18 and ’19 — before the quarantine were the most productive years of my entire life. I put out all my remastered albums from the ’80s, plus two new albums, plus two live packages. So I really reconnected with my life’s work.