E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt has sold his publishing and creative assets to Primary Wave. The deal includes Van Zandt's production stake in such Bruce Springsteen albums as The River, Born In The U.S.A., Tracks, and The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, as well as his work with Southside Johnny & The Jukes.
Musicbusinessworld.com reported, “Highlights of the deal include some of the artist’s biggest hits, among them Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes' 'I Don’t Want To Go Home' and 'This Time It’s For Real,' and 'I Am A Patriot' — famously covered by Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, and others — and the theme song for his 2019 Netflix series, Lilyhammer, and Darlene Love‘s holiday hit, 'All Alone On Christmas' — the latter of which, was featured in such films as Home Alone 2: Lost In New York and Love Actually.”
Among the artists that have covered Van Zandt's song over the years are Nancy Sinatra, Meat Loaf, Ronnie Spector, Damian Marley, Brian Setzer, Gary U.S. Bonds, and Jimmy Barnes, among others.
Van Zandt was quoted in the announcement as saying about Primary Wave: “They have an incredible track record for being creative and proactive. Looking forward to seeing what kind of fun we can have with these songs I’m still really proud of.”
Steve Van Zandt told us that he's always considered himself successful in music because he's spent his career making exactly the kind of music he loves: “In this business, the truth is you’re either big or you don’t exist, pretty much. There’s very little in the middle. So, I basically found another way to make a living, which is what I always wanted to do, and put out records and whoever buys ’em, buys ’em. It doesn’t matter how many people buy ’em, y'know?”
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band perform tonight (February 7th) at Hollywood, Florida's Hard Rock Live.