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David Chase Talks about Working with Steven Van Zandt on ‘Not Fade Away’ Movie

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A new movie about the impact of the British Invasion on teenagers in suburban New Jersey, ‘Not Fade Away,’ is set to hit theaters soon. The film is the first feature-length film written and directed by David Chase, the creator of ‘The Sopranos.’ The trailer, cut to the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Parachute Woman,’ is embedded below.

Set in the mid-1960s, ‘Not Fade Away’ focuses on a teenager (John Magaro) who forms a band, and the impact it has on his life and family. Chase drew from his own experiences growing up at that place and time and built the story from there.

“I played drums and then bass, but I wasn’t very good,” he told Rolling Stone. “I was in a band, but we never played for anybody. It was a total garage band, four years the same guys, and we never did anything. It was just me and my friends talking, talking and talking, and playing somewhat. But talking really about the music, and listening.”

Chase got some help from an old friend, Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio in ‘The Sopranos’ and knows a thing or two about playing in bands. Van Zandt not only executive produced the movie, but served as the music supervisor and was able to give Chase a better understanding of what it was like being an up-and-coming musician at that time.

“There are a few scenes in there that I kind of quote him, but Steven is four or five years younger than me,” he continued. “So when I was getting into the Stones he was probably 14 and I was, like, 18 or 19 – it was a little bit different perspective. The great thing about Steven is when you work with him he doesn’t try to make you do what he wants to see. He looks at it [like] his job is to get you to realize your vision.”

Named after the Buddy Holly song that the Rolling Stones covered, ‘Not Fade Away’ also reunites Chase with ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini as — shocker — Magaro’s tough-talking father who doesn’t understand his son’s ways.

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