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Tom Petty's Biographer Looks Back on Their 30-Year Friendship -

Traditionally, the opening band shouldn't have the best weed on the tour. That's just not good form. But in 1987, when my group, the Del Fuegos, was first on a bill of three as part of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Rock 'n' Roll Caravan, we defied ...and more »

Tom Petty's Music Genome And His Legacy-Defining Traits -

Following Tom Petty's passing on Monday, numerous obituaries and remembrances have been released, often similarly describing his music as a 'soundtrack for the road." Here we look at some of the traits most common to Petty's music and which helped to ...and more »

Rob Hiaasen: From one Florida Boy to another — RIP Tom Petty -

Where I'm from (Florida) and where I went to college (Gainesville), you were a Tom Petty guy. I was a decade too late for Gainesville's inexplicable musical uprising in the 1960s and early '70s. Then, Stephen Stills and Duane Allman knocked around ...and more »

Tom Petty: A rock classicist from the beginning - The Herald Journal

NEW YORK — Given the leather jacket and sneer Tom Petty wore on the cover of his 1976 debut, many people assumed he was one of those cheeky punks bent on tearing down the walls of rock 'n' roll. He wasn't. It's not that Petty and his band, the ...and more »

Tom Petty Proteges the Shelters Remember Their Mentor -

The Malibu home studio where Tom Petty worked featured a sign reading “Beware: Cranky Hippie.” Every time Shelters frontman Chase Simpson arrived there, however, that's hardly the man he encountered. “He was that great, genuine, loving person that ...and more »

Tom Petty and Vegas victims remind us, appreciate people while they're alive - USA TODAY

Las Vegas shooting reinforces the message that we should speak well of the living, not just the dead. I plan to do that on Twitter. #AppreciationMonth. XXX IMG_USATNET_016_MP_TOMPE_2_1_C4JS3IOO.JPG. Tom Petty (Photo: Michelle Pemberton, The ...and more »

Running down a dream - Los Angeles Times

I was on my way to photograph rocker Tom Petty at his home in Malibu, and I was driving down Pacific Coast Highway with a grin on my face. As I hummed all the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers songs that I could from memory, I reflected on the first time ...and more »

MARK BENNETT: Tom Petty gave us real music, lasting memories - Terre Haute Tribune Star

There was a time, as a younger version of me, that I'd roll my eyes when older folks extolled the virtues of Lawrence Welk or Ernest Tubb or Perry Como. “That's real music, and not that screamin', blarin' psycho rock stuff,” they'd insist. Trying to ...and more »

Taylor Swift Remembers How Tom Petty Inspired Her Music - TIME

Tom Petty's legacy as a musician has been keenly felt in the days following his unexpected death on Monday, with many artists coming forward to pay homage to the musical icon, including country star-turned-pop princess Taylor Swift. In an interview ...and more »

Tom Petty's Last Rolling Stone Interview -

When Rolling Stone reached out to Tom Petty about following the Heartbreakers around for their 40th-anniversary tour this year, Petty had one non-negotiable request: I had to see both an inside show and an outdoor show. Petty thought the experiences ...and more »