after the fourth series of the Sopranos, I'm still a little
shocked that Little Steven and Silvio are the same guy. Little
Steven (aka Steven van Zandt) who in 1985, co-founded Artist
Against Apartheid, writing 'Sun City' and organising a slew
of music celebrities to perform it - Bob Geldorf had come out
a few months earlier with 'Do they know it's Christmas', a terrible
song that made a lot of money - 'Sun City' did a different thing,
drawing a weighty cultural picket-line around Pretoria with
a great song - sweet move.
ancient history. Then, on january 10 1999, HBO screen episode
1 of the Sopranos and there he is, little Steven, playing Silvio
Dante - a stooge at the heart of one of the coolest dramas on
earth. Join the dots yourself - he's nothing if not unorthodox
- Steven van Zandt - an original in an ocean of t'shirts.