Steven Van Zandt founded the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3), as an organization dedicated to preserving and studying Rock and Roll music and its culture. Van Zandt is a multi-platinum artist, producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. A founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, he is also an original cast member of HBO's The Sopranos and starred in the original Netflix series Lilyhammer. Since 2002, Van Zandt has hosted “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” an internationally syndicated radio show. In addition to his musical career, Van Zandt spent the 1980’s immersed in international politics as a fierce advocate of human rights. He has been twice honored by the United Nations for his human rights achievements and received the International Documentary Association Award for his film, The Making of Sun City. Van Zandt acted as Executive Producer and Music Supervisor for David Chase's feature, Not Fade Away, and most recently produced Darlene Love’s Introducing Darlene Love released on Wicked Cool Records.
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Dr. Warren Zanes joined The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation as executive director after several years as Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. At the Rock Hall he rebuilt the K-12 programming, launched a new distance learning project, and served as a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, in addition to producing public programs featuring artists including Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Grandmaster Flash, and many more. His books include Dusty In Memphis, Revolutions in Sound: Fifty Years of Warner Bros. Records, and, as editor, Runnin’ Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a volume about Jimmie Rodgers entitled Waiting on a Train. His most recent book, Petty: The Biography, was released in 2015 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Prior to his career as a teacher and writer, Zanes was a member of the Del Fuegos, more recently putting out three acclaimed solo recordings. As a professor he has held positions at a number of universities and is currently teaching at New York University. In the area of film, Zanes conducted interviews for Martin Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World, was Consulting Producer for Twenty Feet from Stardom, and has appeared in several documentaries, including Peter Bogdanovich's Running Down a Dream.