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Sopranos henchman hijacks 6 Music Christmas schedule

Category: 6 Music

Date: 09.11.2005
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BBC 6 Music goes underground on Christmas Day, when rocker-turned-actor Steve Van Zandt takes over the digital airwaves.


Known to music fans as the bandana-wearing guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band - and to fans of The Sopranos as gangster Silvio Dante - Steve Van Zandt has a third, less visible, presence as a cult radio DJ, preaching the gospel of rock'n'roll to North America on Little Steven's Underground Garage Show.


Since its debut broadcast on 7 April 2002, the show's innovative playlist and unique commentary have attracted enthusiastic listeners and critical acclaim.


Rolling Stone called Little Steven's Underground Garage Show "mind-blowingly great" and it has grown rapidly in just three years to broadcast on more than 142 North American radio stations.


Steve is a passionate and knowledgeable champion of music, who defines garage rock as back-to-basics rock'n'roll with a direct connection to the Sixties: "I truly believe that real rock'n'roll music is universal and timeless; it transcends trends and fashion.


"The fact that rock'n'roll has been driven into the underground these past ten years - and really is no longer part of the mainstream culture - is something that needs to be corrected to some extent. And that's why I started to do this."


Steve believes that "good radio, like good rock'n'roll, has personality," and over the course of two hours he takes his listeners on a high-energy journey of enlightenment to the centre of rock'n'roll.


His playlist spans the decades, from Chuck Berry and Fats Domino through the Yardbirds, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones; to The Velvet Underground, Ramones and Patti Smith; arriving at the present day with Foo Fighters, The White Stripes and new bands like Mando Diao and The Mooney Suzuki.


Other festive highlights include a Christmas Day show presented by Martha Wainwright (with special guest Beth Orton); the 6 Music debut of irreverent Essex comic Russell Brand; a music review of 2005 from The Queens of Noize; The 6 Music Chart of The Year; and the return of the New Year's Eve Disco, where 6 Music's DJs battle for turntable supremacy.


Notes to Editors


Little Steven's Underground Garage Show will broadcast on 6 Music at 6.00pm on Christmas Day.


6 Music is available on DAB digital radio, digital satellite (channel 870), digital cable (channel 865 or 909), Freeview (channel 707) and online at


For further details of Steve or his show please see


For interview requests and sampler CD, please contact 6 Music Publicity.





Category: 1Xtra

Date: 09.11.2005
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