Steven Van Zandt quotes

  • My lifelong friend and mentor Frank Barsalona is gone. And the music business as we knew it went with him.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Mentor #Gone #Lifelong

  • From the age of 14, 13, I guess I wanted to be a rock 'n' roll star. And that was it. I wanted to make a living playing rock 'n' roll, and it was a ridiculously impossible dream at that time. But it was kind of all I ever wanted to do. It's nice to do it.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Dream #Stars #Nice

  • Half of the modern world goes back as far as Pearl Jam. The real historians go back to U2. But they need to go back further. They have to go back to the '50s and '60s, where things started. That's how you get to be your own personality, by studying the masters. Rock and roll was white kids trying to make black music and failing, gloriously!
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Real #Kids #Rocks

  • I think it's important that all 50 years of rock 'n' roll live in the same place, because it's all connected.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Thinking #Years #Rocks

  • I'm not pretending to be an academic, or to have this down to a science. It's strictly my taste. But there is a connection between everything I play and the sets I put together.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Play #Together #Taste

  • I'd never go onstage in my life without fully intending to do the best show you've ever seen.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Shows

  • You gotta love everything you do. You just gotta do it.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

  • You have to love what you're doing in order to find the energy.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Order #Energy

  • I have a bigger mission than any kind of specific politics, which is trying to restore the accessibility of rock 'n' roll.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Rocks #Trying #Rock N Roll

  • Rock 'n' roll is a participatory sport. It ain't passive. It ain't TV. Go out there and rock 'n' roll and dance and have fun.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Sports #Fun #Rocks

  • Being a rock 'n' roll star ain't a part-time gig.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Stars #Rocks #Gigs

  • Rock'n'roll as a genre is different from pop and hip hop: it is about bands, and that for me suggests brotherhood, family, friendship and community.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Rocks #Hip Hop #Community

  • I didn't make that much money... Once I joined Bruce (Springsteen), I took a huge pay cut.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Cutting #Pay #Springsteen

  • Anytime you spend six months on a song (Born to Run), there's something not exactly going right. A song should take about three hours.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Running #Song #Months

  • We never understood the concept of people going onstage and giving anything less than 100 percent. Maybe that's a blue-collar work ethic, but I call it just ethics.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Work #Blue #People

  • Half of the acting I do is actually done by the hair.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Hair #Acting #Half

  • The quality of our lives is diminished every time we lose a great artist.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Artist #Quality #Life Is

  • We're a little lazy about spirituality in this country.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Country #Lazy #Littles

  • Let the wealthier countries and corporations of the world fund an Emergency Organization.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Country #Organization #Corporations

  • Timing really is nearly everything. And what it isn't, circumstance makes up for.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Timing #Circumstances

  • The first rule of rock and roll is it's all about live. Then you have to learn a second craft, which is making records. It should go in that order.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Order #Rock And Roll #Rocks

  • Young fans want to know about the past and older fans also want to find new music.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Past #Want #Fans

  • Within three hours of a disaster event there should be a recon damage assessment of the infrastructure and an educated guess as to the casualties and degree of imminent human peril. Then make the airdrops of supplies and personnel. Simultaneously, Seabees would be dropped in, with lights and generators, to begin rescue efforts.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Light #Assessment #Effort

  • First of all, just because the Tea Party people appear to be generally uneducated, ignorant about the political process, ignorant about economics, confused about their own platform from the beginning, and indelicate when it comes to the craft of diplomacy, doesn't mean they're wrong.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Confused #Party #Mean

  • The British invasion was the most important event of my life. I was in New Jersey and the night I saw the Beatles changed everything. I had seen Elvis before and he had done nothing for me, but these guys were in a band.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Night #Guy #Important

  • It's become uncool to play other people's songs, and that's absurd. It has got to change. It's the reason why everything's so mediocre.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Song #Play #People

  • Ive always considered the government taking one out of every two dollars I earn absolute tyranny.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Two #Government #Dollars

  • What the world needs is an Emergency Boss. An Emergency Czar. An Emergency Commander. A true Master Of Disaster. One person completely responsible for the anticipation, immediate reconnaissance, and urgent execution of rescue and relief efforts around the world.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Effort #Boss #World

  • As most of the population suffers through life, barely surviving, disappointed and confused day after day, hopeless, wondering what happened to their strong and beautiful country, it is in the medias power to restore, if not some of our quality of life, at least a bit of our peace of mind.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Beautiful #Country #Strong

  • The simple fact is we do not live in a democracy. Certainly not the kind our Founding Fathers intended. We live in a corporate dictatorship represented by, and beholden to, no single human being you can reason with or hold responsible for anything.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Father #Simple #Democracy

  • Band members have a special bond. A great band is more than just some people working together. It's like a highly specialized army unit, or a winning sports team. A unique combination of elements that becomes stronger together than apart.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Sports #Team #Army

  • I was obsessed with politics in the '80s. I've recovered and I'm feeling much better now, thank you.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Thank You #Feelings #Obsessed

  • There is an established tradition of actors directing films that have a particular, personal meaning for them - Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, and most recently George Clooney to name a few. Remarkably, their films share an unusually high percentage of being very good.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Names #Kevin #Actors

  • The quality of our lives is diminished every time we lose a great artist. It's a different world without Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Curtis Mayfield, Brian Jones and the rest.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Artist #Quality #World

  • I am a reformed Taoist, part-time Buddhist, Hindu, animist, pagan, Jewish mystic, and Christian. I always got along great with priests and rabbis and mullahs and gurus, even though I spend most of my life constructively criticizing them.
    -- Steven Van Zandt

    #Christian #Buddhist #Pagan