Steven Van Zandt (center) gives Will Brill (left) and Jack Huston tips on the fine points of rock during the shoot for NOT FADE AWAY.
The ‘burbs are alive with the sound of music. Especially in the sixties, especially if you were a teen in New Jersey jamming with your friends in a garage and dreaming of being the next Rolling Stones. NOT FADE AWAY is the directorial debut of THE SOPRANOS creator David Chase, a canny look back at a time when culture, politics, and family underwent vast tectonic shifts, and a kid with a decent voice (John Magaro) and his band mates (including BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s Jack Huston) could feel that they were just a hit record away from rock superstardom.
Chase brought in legendary E Street Band member Steve Van Zandt — who had previously appeared as mobster Silvio Dante on THE SOPRANOS — to oversee the music component of the film, including composing an original song, The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. I got to spend time with both Jack Huston and Van Zandt for this deluxe-sized show, and we were able to get inside the motives of the film and the challenges of recreating a time when change was everywhere. Click on the player to hear the interview.THE COLLECTIBLES ARE WAITING
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