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Tom Petty

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.

Lori Stoll
Lori Stoll

Chris Hillman Recalls Working With Tom Petty: ‘He Put His Heart and Soul Into It’

More than a half century after he made his first record as a member of the Byrds, singer-songwriter Chris Hillman figured that he might be done adding chapters to his impressive discography.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Tom Petty Hailed for Making ‘Political Statement’ on Trump’s Transgender Policy

A photograph Tom Petty displays when the Heartbreakers perform "American Girl" onstage has taken on new meaning for some transgender advocates.

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Rounder

The Byrds’ Chris Hillman to Release New Tom Petty-Produced Album, ‘Bidin’ My Time’

Chris Hillman will return later this year with 'Bidin' My Time,' his first new solo LP in more than a decade.

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YouTube

Watch Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks Reunite for ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour rolled into London on July 9, with Stevie Nicks lending support as an opening act.

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Atlantic / Vince Bucci, Getty Images / MCA

Jimmy Iovine Recalls Hiding Stevie Nicks in His Basement While Producing Tom Petty

Jimmy Iovine told Howard Stern during a wide-ranging interview that he secretly juggled commitments to multiple major clients on at least one infamous occasion.

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Joshua Timmermans
Joshua Timmermans

Tom Petty Shares 40 Years of History at Mountain Jam

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers brought their milestone anniversary tour to Mountain Jam.

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Kick Off Summer 2017 Tour: Video, Set List

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers opened their 40th anniversary tour last night in Oklahoma City, delivering a career-spanning set that delivered a hefty helping of classic hits.

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Taylor Hill / Kevork Djansezain / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Mountain Jam Announces Daily Lineup, Single Day Tickets on Sale

Mountain Jam has revealed for the complete lineup for all three of its days.

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Kevork Djansezian / Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Tom Petty Remembers Meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

While receiving MusiCares Person of the Year Award, Tom Petty remembered getting a lesson in paying your dues when he met a pair of former Beatles.

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Theo Wargo / Jerod Harris / Taylor Hill, Getty Images

Full Lineup for Mountain Jam 2017 Announced: Tom Petty, Steve Miller Band and String Cheese Incident to Headline

Mountain Jam has announced its complete lineup that will be performing June 16-18 at Hunter Mountain in Hunter, N.Y.

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