David Chase On The Significance Of ‘Not Fade Away’

“Sopranos” creator David Chase is transporting movie-goers back to the swinging ’60s with his coming-of-age tale “Not Fade Away.”

The film charts the highs and lows of a fledgling rock band formed by a group of friends in suburban New Jersey, and in keeping with the period, Chase and musical supervisor Steve Van Zandt (also of “Sopranos” fame) ensured the soundtrack was chockablock with groovy tunes by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and James Brown. But with so much material to choose from, how did Chase land upon “Not Fade Away” (penned by Buddy Holly and later covered by the Rolling Stones) as the title?

“It occurred to me that this is a movie about the music of youth, that established youth culture and that some of the practitioners and greats of that music are already gone,” Chase said. “They’ve already faded away, and more are going to continue to do that. I wanted to get this down before all that happened, and that they may fade away but the music wouldn’t.”

And indeed it hasn’t, considering stars John Magaro and Jack Huston—both born two decades after the period—told MTV News that ’60s tunes are among some of their favorites of all time.

“Not Fade Away,” co-starring James Gandolfini and Bella Heathcote, is in theaters now.

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