Steven Van Zandt is a musician, songwriter, performer, arranger, record producer, actor, writer, human rights activist, and international radio DJ. He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and an original principal cast member of The Sopranos.
Music Producer – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Artists United Against Apartheid, Darlene Love, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Demolition 23, The Chesterfield Kings, The Cocktail Slippers, and The Breakers. Music Producer, and Band Organizer for the “Monday Night Football” theme on ESPN featuring Hank Williams Jr. and the All-Star Band, 2007.
Film Music Supervisor – “Between the Lines” Directed by Joan Micklin Silver, for MGM, 1977 – “Christmas with the Kranks” Directed by Joe Roth, for Sony Pictures, 2003 – “Not Fade Away” David Chase film, for Paramount Vantage, 2012. – “Lilyhammer” Various Directors, 8 Episodes Worldwide Distribution, Netflix for North and South America, release date 2012.
Songwriter – songs performed by: Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Southside Johnny, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer, Black Uhuru, the Cocktail Slippers, Lone Justice, The Breakers, and The Chesterfield Kings.
Theme songs for Film and TV: – “All Alone On Christmas” (Home Alone 2) – “Time of Your Life” (Nine Months) – “When Your Angels Get Lost” (SIS– pilot) – “Lilyhammer Nocturne” (Lilyhammer)
Political Activist Political affiliation: Independent – Performs at “No Nukes” concert in New York City – Performs for “Vietnam Veterans of America”. – Produces and performs at “LaBamba’s Christmas Show for the Benefit of Missing Children” – Establishes the Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and to foster economic development in harmony with the earth. – Founds “Artists United Against Apartheid” – Twice honored by the United Nations for his “Sun City” project and film, and involvement with “International Peace Day” along with Peter Gabriel. – Performs for Amnesty International – Editorials for The Huffington Post, Politico, and New York Times on subjects like South Africa, Campaign Finance, Disaster Relief, and Haiti.
Actor – Original Principal Cast Member on HBO’s legendary television series The Sopranos playing the role of Silvio Dante in all seven seasons. (1999 -2009) – Stars in “Lilyhammer”, February 2012, first original programming for Netflix.
Television Producer – Executive producer of Underground Garage A Go Go Battle of the Bands for MTV (2004) – Executive Producer of “ESPN’s New Year’s Eve with Little Steven’s Underground Garage” for VH1 (2005) – Executive Producer of “Cheap Trick or Treat Halloween Ball” (2006) – Executive Producer of “Lilyhammer” (2012) – 10 Treatments in development.
Radio Producer – Creator of the internationally syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage (2002), which now has over 1.2 million listeners in North America alone, affiliates across Europe, and broadcast to over 190 countries around the world via Voice of America and American Forces Network. – Creator and Executive Producer of the first two channels of original content on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Sirius XM 21) and the Outlaw Country channel (Sirius XM 60). Steven remains the only Content Creator to have two 24/7 channels of original content on satellite radio.
Wicked Cool Records – 2006 marked the beginning of Wicked Cool Records, the record label started to further support traditional Rock and Roll, now called Garage Rock. Wicked Cool is home to twenty bands including The Chesterfield Kings, The Woggles, The Breakers, The Urges, The Len Price 3, The Cocktail Slippers, and others. Among the label’s releases are the critically acclaimed 8 volumes of Coolest Songs In The World compilations featuring the best music from the contemporary Garage Rock scene, CBGB Forever, and the classic Halloween and Christmas A Go-Go collections.
Writer/ Speaker -Writes a twenty-five page script per week for 550 plus weeks for the syndicated radio show – Wrote a weekly column for 80 plus weeks and established a Garage Rock music chart for Billboard magazine (2006-2007) – Co-wrote 8 episodes of “Lilyhammer” – Keynote speech at South by Southwest (2009) – Keynote speech at The Lions Advertising Awards, Cannes (2009) – Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions The Rascals (1997) Frank Barsalona (2005) The Hollies (2010) The Faces/Pretty Faces (2012) – Inducted Gary U.S Bonds into the R+B Hall of Fame (1997) -Speech on “The Role of the Arranger” for E Music (2010) – Speech at the University of Oslo, Music School (2011)
Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is a foundation dedicated to the development, preservation, dissemination, and continuing support of Rock and Roll, past, present, and future. Currently developing a 40-chapter online curriculum on the history of Rock and Roll and it’s role in American culture with the Teachers College of Columbia University. Pilot program set to launch in schools in 2013.