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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.

5 Years Ago: Tom Petty Goes Deep with the Heartbreakers’ ‘Live Anthology’

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Karl Walter, Getty Images

When Tom Petty decided he wanted to encapsulate what he and the Heartbreakers could do in concert, he went all the way.

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20 Years Ago: Tom Petty Practices Addition by Subtraction With ‘Wildflowers’

Wildflowers
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Petty's second solo album was released on Nov. 1, 1994.

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35 Years Ago: Tom Petty Finally Hits the Big Time With ‘Damn the Torpedoes’

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YouTube

The signs were there, signaling that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' third album, 'Damn the Torpedoes,' would be their breakthrough.

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Watch Steve Winwood Join Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Onstage

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YouTube

Steve Winwood has been opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their current tour in support of their new 'Hypnotic Eye' album.

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Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and the ‘Guardians’ Stand 1-2-3 on the Album Chart

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Jerod Harris / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

If rock and roll is dead, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton didn't get the memo -- and neither did the 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'

The two iconic artists have respectively claimed the No. 1 and 2 positions on the latest Billboard Album Charts, with the v

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Watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Jimmy Kimmel and Tom Petty
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took over 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on July 31.

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10 Things Tom Petty Hates

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10 things Tom Petty has expressed hate -- or at least, strong dislike - for in recent interviews.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, ‘Hypnotic Eye’ – Album Review

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'Hypnotic Eye' is an scrappy, viscerally present return to form for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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Tom Petty Criticizes Kardashians for Promoting Wealth Obsession

Tom Petty and Kim Kardashian
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The singer says that the popular reality television family are negatively impacting the American Dream.

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Stream Tom Petty’s Complete New ‘Hypnotic Eye’ Album

Tom Petty
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NPR's website is offering a stream of Tom Petty's new album, 'Hypnotic Eye,' a week before its official release.

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