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Warren Zanes

Author of “Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska”

Tune in to our talk with acclaimed author Warren Zanes about his, journey, inspiration, and approach to writing music biographies, including his outstanding new book, “Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska.”

The album “Nebraska” was recorded by Springsteen on a simple cassette recorder, with just his guitar and harmonica, in Colts Neck, NJ. It was an industry-shocking release after his four massive studio album successes.

In this conversation, we delve into the journey that led Warren to write this book. We explore Warren’s experiences as a young rock musician in the band The Del Fuegos, his time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his transition into an acclaimed author.

His fascinating journey sheds light on his writing approach and storytelling abilities, as well as the profound impact that the album had on Warren and on The Boss himself.

Episode Topics:
🎸 Warren Zanes
🎸Bruce Springsteen
🎸 Nebraska Album
🎸 The Del Fuegos
🎸 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
🎸 The Band Experience
📚 School, Bikes, and Muppets
📺 Upcoming TV Taping







Exploring the Journey of Warren Zanes: From Musician to Author

Introduction: We delve into the fascinating journey of Warren Zanes, a musician, writer, and professor. We will explore his experiences as a rock musician in the band Del Fuegos, his time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and his transition into becoming an acclaimed author. Along the way, we will also discuss his latest book, “Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska,” and the profound impact it has had on both Zanes and Springsteen.

From the Del Fuegos Band to VP of Education and Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Zanes’ unexpected career shift from being a musician to working at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • The initial challenges and anxieties he faced in taking on a “real job.”
  • How this experience expanded his possibilities and shaped his perspective on creativity.

The Del Fuegos and the Power of Being in a Band

  • Zanes’ teenage years as a member of the Del Fuegos and their rise to fame.
  • The deep connections and intense experiences that come with being in a band.
  • The bittersweet departure from the Del Fuegos and the lasting impact it had on Zanes.

The Journey of Self-Discovery Through Art and Academia

  • Zanes’ exploration of art history and his pursuit of a PhD.
  • The pivotal moments and experiences that shaped his understanding of himself and his creative journey.
  • The role of art and academia in expanding his worldview and opening new doors.

The Nebraska Connection and Writing Bruce Springsteen’s Story

  • Zanes’ fascination with Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska and its profound impact on his own life.
  • The realization of the connection between Nebraska and Springsteen’s personal journey.
  • The process of writing “Deliver Me from Nowhere” and the significance of the acknowledgments section.

Conclusion: Warren Zanes’ journey from rock star to author is a testament to the power of self-discovery, resilience, and the pursuit of creative passions. His experiences in the music industry, academia, and personal growth have shaped his unique perspective and storytelling abilities. Through his latest book, Zanes offers readers a deeper understanding of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album and the transformative power of art.


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