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Unrequited Infatuations

By: Stevie Van Zandt
Narrated by: Stevie Van Zandt
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Summary

What story begins in a bedroom in suburban New Jersey in the early '60s, unfolds on some of the country's largest stages and then ranges across the globe, demonstrating over and over again how rock and roll has the power to change the world for the better? This story.

The first true heartbeat of Unrequited Infatuations is the moment when Stevie Van Zandt trades in his devotion to the Baptist religion for an obsession with rock and roll. Groups like the Beatles and The Rolling Stones created new ideas of community, creative risk and principled rebellion. They changed him forever. While still a teenager, he met Bruce Springsteen, a like-minded outcast/true believer who became one of his most important friends and bandmates. As Miami Steve, Van Zandt anchored the E Street Band as they conquered the rock and roll world.

And then, in the early '80s, Van Zandt stepped away from E Street to embark on his own odyssey. He refashioned himself as Little Steven, a political songwriter and performer, fell in love with Maureen Santoro, who greatly expanded his artistic palette, and visited the world's hot spots as an artist/journalist to not just better understand them but to help change them. Most famously, he masterminded the recording of 'Sun City', an anti-apartheid anthem that sped the demise of South Africa's institutionalised racism and helped get Nelson Mandela out of prison.

By the '90s, Van Zandt had lived at least two lives - one as a mainstream rocker, one as a hardcore activist. It was time for a third. David Chase invited Van Zandt to be a part of his new television show, The Sopranos - as Silvio Dante, he was the unconditionally loyal consiglieri who sat at the right hand of Tony Soprano (a relationship that oddly mirrored his real-life relationship with Bruce Springsteen).

Underlying all of Van Zandt's various incarnations was a devotion to preserving the centrality of the arts, especially the endangered species of rock. In the 21st century, Van Zandt founded a groundbreaking radio show (Underground Garage), a fiercely independent record label (Wicked Cool) and developed a curriculum to teach students of all ages through the medium of music history. He also rejoined the E Street Band for what has now been a 20-year victory lap.

Unrequited Infatuations chronicles the twists and turns of Stevie Van Zandt's always surprising life. It is more than just the testimony of a globe-trotting nomad, more than the story of a groundbreaking activist, more than the odyssey of a spiritual seeker and more than a master class in rock and roll (not to mention a dozen other crafts). It's the best book of its kind because it's the only book of its kind.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Stevie Van Zandt (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"An inimitable Rock 'n' Roll life told as boldly as it was lived." (Bruce Springsteen)

"A wonderfully original take on a Rock and Roll autobiography." (Paul McCartney)

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What an ad for Audible:SVZ narrating SVZ!

Passionate, political ( as well as, obviously, a musical education) and powerfully moving if you're lucky enough to have been to a SVZ and the Disciples of Soul gig. (If you haven't...you could still get lucky: have the book read to you).
Now I understand why he was extolling the virtues of teachers.

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Great listen

I would recommend this book especially liked Stevies narrating, very interesting to get the background of the music and TV industry

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Fantastic book

I knew of Steve from the E Street band and the Sopranos but had no idea of how wide his involvement was in the music Industry and politics. He has given so much to music through his syndicated radio programmes which play all rock music from every era. It doesn't consign Bruce and others to their heyday but plays their modern stuff too. He also promotes music in American schools through a charitable foundation. He was also a leader in the anti apartheid movement at a crucial juncture in the 1980s.
Lastly, he is very very funny and honest in a way few artists are today. I laughed continously throughout this. Doesn't take himself too seriously.

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a hero's autobiog

This may have been done in one or two takes which makes it all the better. Possibly the best ever audiobook read by the author and one where you could easily argue it's better to listen to the author than read the book (which I will do anyway) but to hear this in Stevie's own voice, especially the bits where he laughs as he reads the bits where he's kinda tongue-in-cheek, just adds so much. Amazing man, hear his story: love him more than you already did if that's possible.

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FANTASTIC

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. A true music scholar and hero. Fascinating and enlightening book packed with humour. A must read for any music fan and a must read for anyone who loves an entertaining read.

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Honest and Funny Bio

Stevie offers an honest and frank account of life in one of the worlds most successful rock band and working as an actor on one of the greatest TV shows ever made. He also declares his activism and political stances on world affairs. An interesting listen.

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What an amazing life

I only chose this book as I loved Steve’s character in the Sopranos and love his voice! I literally had no idea of the life he had led prior to that! His talents, his political past, his strength and advocacy for others. I was gripped.

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Stevie

Loved it ,great read,listen to it at night,very informative, of his life and music,

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Brilliant!

I was first aware of Little Steven because of the shoutout on U2's 'Rattle And Hum' and I was never really a Springsteen fan but knew he was in the E-Street band. So for me, he'll always be Silvio Dante from the Sopranos. However, after this, I'll be checking out his solo music.
The book was really engaging, funny, and with an amazing insight into what proper proactive engagement in social issues and politics through applying lessons learned in life and bands can achieve.
Probably should have been called "No one heard it!" You'll see why!

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Very entertaining

A most enjoyable and enlightening book. I learnt a great deal about Stevie and his career