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Why Stevie Van Zandt Found It Hard To Write His Memoir

‘You go back to some painful mistakes, and it’s no fun to relive them’

Stevie Van Zandt at the MIPCOM trade show in Cannes / Wikimedia Commons

Why do rock stars write their memoirs?

This is a serious question when artists at all levels risk facing the criticism a British reviewer leveled at Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run: “its creator’s voice just does…



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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.