St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: October 26, 2016
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No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and
friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as
honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable
rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.
Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little
hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit
kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll
made it otherwise. From meeting Elvis, to seeing the Beatles
on Ed Sullivan, to producing Del Shannon, backing Bob Dylan,
putting together a band with George Harrison, Dylan, Roy
Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, making records with Johnny Cash,
and sending well more than a dozen of his own celebrated
recordings high onto the charts, Tom Petty's story has all
the drama of a rock and roll epic. Now in his mid-sixties,
still making records and still touring, Petty, known for his
reclusive style, has shared with Warren Zanes his insights
and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the
details of his life on and off the stage.
This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from
"American Girl" and "Refugee" to "Free Fallin'" and "Mary
Jane's Last Dance," and for those who want to see the
classic rock and roll era embodied in one man's remarkable
story. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back,
again and again, showing us what the music can do and where
it can take us.
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