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Tom Petty

Tom Petty, along with his band the Heartbreakers, played heartland rock like few others during an era when guys like Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen made busted cars, crunchy guitars and lost dreams cool. Inspired as much by the Byrds’ jingle jangle as he was three-chord, garage-rock stomp, Petty wrote music that was more jagged than most of his heartland-rock peers’. He finally found some footing on his classic third album, 1979’s ‘Damn the Torpedoes,’ a masterwork of pop songcraft and sneering rock. With longtime guitarist and collaborator Mike Campbell, Petty has made a series of albums since then that explore everything from psychedelia and hippie idealism to crumbling relationships and late-period priorities. He even formed the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to pay tribute to rock’s past. His best records are that timeless.

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Tom Petty Talks New Mudcrutch and Second ‘Wildflowers’ Albums

Tom Petty gave a little bit more detail on the upcoming Mudcrutch sessions and the plans to finally release other songs from 'Wildflowers.'

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Tom Petty Says His Use of Confederate Flag Onstage Was ‘Downright Stupid’

Florida native Tom Petty now thinks differently about a mid-'80s decision to display the Confederate flag during his 'Southern Accents' tour.

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Mary Ellen Matthews

Five Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Rediscover Their Roots on ‘Mojo’

There was never any arguing Tom Petty's status as one of the world's biggest rock stars as the '90s wore into the aughts, but he did seem to be suffering from a certain creative drift.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty Planning New Mudcrutch Album

Now that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have finished touring behind their Hypnotic Eye LP, he's just about ready to get back to the studio — with his other band.

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Tom Petty Releases Lost Song From ‘Wildflowers’ Era, Announces New Album

Tom Petty has just released "Somewhere Under Heaven," co-written with Mike Campbell for 1994's Wildflowers but left unheard until now.

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LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT)  Singer Tom Petty performs on stage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

37 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Release ‘You’re Gonna Get It!’ Album

‘You’re Gonna Get It!,’ which was released on May 2, 1978, loaded up on Byrdsian jingle-jangle, classic-rock guitar crunch and a few meathead riff-based songs that made it clear that Tom Petty and his band had little in common with the skinny-tie kids and their synthesizers.

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Tom Petty Trades Intensity for Happiness: The History of ‘Full Moon Fever’

Tom Petty "pissed off" his band by making a solo record, but ultimately the project brought about positive creative and personal changes for everyone involved.

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Watch Kris Kristofferson Cover Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’

If you're going to hire Kris Kristofferson to star in your eight-hour miniseries about the dawn of the Texas republic, it stands to reason that you'd also ask him to record a song for the soundtrack.

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28 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Succumb to the ’80s on ‘Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)’

There's a dark, evil creature shambling through the back catalogs of the greatest rock artists ever, and it's called the '80s.

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Warner Bros.

16 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Barely Hold It Together on ‘Echo’

Everything Tom Petty touched turned to platinum during the '90s, starting with the sales carryover from his 1989 solo debut Full Moon Fever and continuing through a series of bestselling releases that included a pair of albums with the Heartbreakers, the solo Wildflowers LP and a greatest-hits record that boasted a couple new hits of its own.

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