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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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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Top 10 Mike Campbell Songs

Mike Campbell is best known as Tom Petty's right-hand man for the past 40 years.

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YouTube

Watch Footage From Tom Petty’s Surprise Show at the Troubadour

Just when it seemed like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were taking 2015 off from live performances, they turned up for a surprise set at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty Releases ‘Playback’ Rarities Discs to Digital Services

Tom Petty fans who've always wanted the rarities included in 1995's Playback box without springing for the entire set have finally seen their dreams come true.

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Justin Sullivan / Frazer Harrison / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

10 Years Ago: Aerosmith, Eagles, Tom Petty Play $10 Million Bat Mitzvah

A since-disgraced defense contractor invited some of rock's biggest names to play his daughter's bat mitzvah.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty’s Fenway Park Concert to Air on Palladia

The concert received its world premiere as part of Palladia's 'Tom Petty Thanksgiving Takeover.'

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Karl Walter, Getty Images

The Story of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Deep, Extensive ‘Live Anthology’

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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MCA

20 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Clear the Vaults with ‘Playback’

Released on Nov. 21, 1995, Tom Petty's six-CD boxed set 'Playback' perfectly encapsulated his years on MCA.

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Jerod Harris, Getty Images

Tom Petty Is Getting His Own SiriusXM Channel

Tom Petty fans have one more reason to pony up for a SiriusXM subscription.

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MCA

Tom Petty’s ‘Full Moon Fever’ Was Originally Rejected by His Label

If certain executives at Tom Petty's label had gotten their way, his classic solo debut Full Moon Fever might never have been released.

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Karl Walter, Getty Images

The Story of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Fifth Album, ‘Long After Dark’

By 1982, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had already racked up an impressive string of hits, but as they proved on their fifth album, Long After Dark, they were just getting started.

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