Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin. He has also acted in television dramas such as The Sopranos (1999–2007) and Lilyhammer (2012-2014). Van Zandt also had his own solo band called “Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul” in the 1980s. In 2014, Van Zandt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.
After leaving the E Street Band in 1984, Van Zandt used his effect as a musician to pursue being a human rights activist. He fought issues surrounding the apartheid that had been taking place in South Africa by creating a group called the Artists United Against Apartheid.
This activist group was created in 1985 by Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker. Van Zandt and Baker got together over 54 different artists to record an album titled Sun City in order to raise awareness about the apartheid happening in South Africa. The significance of the title “Sun City” was because of a resort in South Africa that catered to wealthy white tourists. The resort upheld racist apartheid policies, yet many famous entertainers chose to perform there. A few of the artists that took part in the making of this album were Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Lou Reed.
The “Sun City” project was originally meant to only be one song, but other musicians contributed their own pieces which transformed it into a full-length album. “Sun City” was one of the very first musical collaborations among major recording starts to support a political cause rather than a social cause. The “Sun City” project ultimately ended up raising over $1 million in support of anti-apartheid efforts. Overall, the primary goal of this album and foundation was to draw attention to South Africa’s racist policy of apartheid and to support a cultural boycott of the country.
Little Steven & The Deciples Of Soul(Live @ The Rainbow Music Hall, Denver 8-10-84):
This is a great show broadcast on late night TV in Denver back in 1984. Little Steven And The Deciples Of Soul Live at The Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, Colorado on August 10, 1984! It’s not the complete show (there is an audio recording of the complete show) but this is the complete broadcast.
01. Voice Of America
04. I Am A Patriot
06. Under The Gun
07. Checkpoint Charlie
08. Lyin’ In A Bed Of Fire