In the New Jersey state of mind somewhere between Bruce Springsteen Stadium and The Bon Jovi Arena is a little known street called Little Steven Boulevard with hundreds of endless souvenir shops, gift stores all associated with Little Steven the Consigliere, all top level stuff, the gangster memorabilia, Little Steven wallets and handbags, bandanas and head scarfs, Little Steven glassware and coffee mugs, Little Steven flags, key chains, stickers and patches, pens and guitar picks, cardboard stand-up cut outs of Little Steven, jigsaw puzzles and buttons. You can spend a fortune on the street, listen to every song he ever played on and watch every television show that he's made, visit the underground garage and also enroll in the Little Stevie's underground college. It's all there, a lot of copies of this book as well. And just like one of Stevie's favorite songs, this book keeps you hanging on and checks all the boxes (check out the one on page 145 - it's hilarious and there's hundreds of others). This indeed is a cautionary tale filled with outrageous humor, worldly wisdom and an uncanny sense of daring. No doubt about it, Stevie proves it time and time again he's the man to know.
An inimitable Rock 'n' Roll life told as boldly as it was lived. From the stages of the biggest stadiums in the world to the politically roiling provinces of South Africa, my good friend pursued his Rock 'n' Roll vision with a commitment few have displayed. A must read for E Street Band fans and Rock fans the world over. In this book Little Steven LETS IT ROCK!
What a wonderful, witty, incisive, moving, authentic, and beautifully written memoir. Stevie Van Zandt's Unrequited Infatuations is a heartfelt and soulful tour though Rock 'n' Roll history, politics, and pop culture from the vantage point of a rare talent and singular American life. I loved every page
A glorious trip into the mind of a true Rock and roll Renaissance Man. Stevie's autobiography digs beneath the surface of his music, evolving into something extraordinarily rich and complex. It's part Rock 'n' Roll history lesson, part political thriller, part revelatory dive into the brotherhood of a band. And so much more. What's most impressive is Stevie's self-deprecating honesty. He has the courage to write about his failures, alongside tales of his enormous success. The stories are also wildly entertaining, hilarious and emotionally devastating. One of the best Rock 'n' Roll books ever written. It belongs on a shelf between Bob Dylan's Chronicles and Gerri Hershey's Nowhere To Run. A masterpiece
Steven and I grew up in the same town, two miles apart - unless you count the fact that creatively, he was on another planet. Beneath the bandana is the beautiful mind of a polymath: singer, songwriter, actor, activist, arranger, thinker and creator. There is sex, there are drugs, and thank the Lord - there is rock and roll. Names are named. Mistakes are made. Fights are (mostly) forgiven. And lightning strikes more than once. This is the beautifully told story of a great American life, and I dreaded the arrival of the final page
I was expecting a great music book with a bit more depth than most. What I got was the Tao Te Ching of Rock biographies! Only it's Lao Tzu with a fabulous sense of humor! This adventure is metaphysically amazing
Unrequited Infatuations is as musical, soulful, funny, adventurous, inspiring, and real as the man who wrote it, the one and only Stevie Van Zandt
A pleasure for music fans and one of the best entertainment memoirs in recent years
Unrequited Infatuations is a wonderfully original take on a Rock and Roll autobiography
5* Unrequited Infatuations packs in some beautifully written set-pieces, but it is also funny, deeply ruminative and frank . . . By the end you feel you've perused ten fascinating lives, not one