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.”
In one of the most candid moments of the E Street Band's 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bruce Springsteen recalled a conversation he had at his home with Steve Van Zandt, who had urged Springsteen to force the Rock Hall’s hand and induct the E Street Band along with him in 1999. Springsteen talked frankly about the reasons and situations as too why he elected to go in as a solo act. Backstage, Steve Van Zandt was asked his feelings pertaining to that: “Y’know, we were having many conversations about, y’know, the reunion, and all that. And Bruce had tried some things with other players — as he absolutely has a right to do — and who can blame him, him trying different things with different people. But at that point, my conversation was: ‘From now on, anything you wanna do — anything you can think of — we can do with the E Street Band.'”
Steve Van Zandt told us that he's always considered himself successful in music because he's spent his career making exactly the kind of music he loves: “In this business, the truth is you’re either big or you don’t exist, pretty much. There’s very little in the middle. So, I basically found another way to make a living, which is what I always wanted to do, and put out records and whoever buys ’em, buys ’em. It doesn’t matter how many people buy ’em, y'know?”