about steven van zandt
“Little Steven” Van Zandt is a true renaissance artist. He is a music purist instrumental in creating the “Jersey Shore Sound”, first with a fusion of rock and soul as co-founder of the band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, then with Bruce Springsteen in a collaboration that would take the world by storm from the 1970’s to this day. As part of the E Street Band, Steven is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a well-deserved tribute to his musical contributions.
Others know Steven from his work as an activist, working against apartheid in South Africa in the 1980’s, gathering the most famous musicians in the world in a musical protest against Sun City. The landmark 1985 recording “Sun City” and award-winning documentary of the same name included dozens of artists such as Bob Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, and many others, raising more than a million US dollars in the fight against apartheid.
In the 1990’s, Steven was “discovered” as an actor while giving an induction speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his good friends, The Rascals. Offered a part in the TV-series The Sopranos, he originally turned it down. Then, told that he could create his own role, the result was the much-loved character of “Silvio Dante” – a mainstay during The Sopranos’ run from 1999 – 2007. As the fiercely loyal colleague of Tony Soprano, Silvio is one of the reasons that the show is widely considered perhaps the best TV Series of all time.
In 2009, the story of ‘Lilyhammer’ began to take form, revolving around Steven’s character of Frank ‘The Fixer’ Tagliano in the Sopranos. The award-winning series changed the way the world looked at entertainment – it was the first non-English show to be streamed globally – to over 150 countries.
Now, Little Steven is moving back to his musical roots with the Little Steven’s Blues School.