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The Musical Awakening of Steve Van Zandt

February 7, 2020

Van Zandt, Steven (Musician, E Street Band; Actor, The Sopranos; Founder, Rock & Roll Forever Foundation)

Rock and Roll; Television; Popular Culture;

On February 9, 1964, The Beatles’ group appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show electrified the nation. Four months later, a young Steven Van Zandt had an “epiphany” while watching The Hollywood Palace, another variety show. That night, singer Dean Martin hosted—and then teased—The Rolling Stones, representing a generational shift. The past met the future, and it opened up new possibilities for an aspiring musician.


Music / Film and Media / Rock and Roll / Television / Popular Culture /

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