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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.

Alberto E. Rodriguez / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images
Alberto E. Rodriguez / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

Tom Petty Recalls Prince’s Hall of Fame Guitar Solo: ‘You Could Feel the Electricity’

Tom Petty and others recalled the night Prince torched the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Prince While  My Guitar Hall of Fame Photo

The Time Prince Blew Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Steve Winwood Off the Stage

George Harrison's posthumous 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brought out some expected friends and collaborators – but it was fellow inductee Prince who stole the show.

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Reprise
Reprise

Listen to New Mudcrutch Song, ‘Beautiful World’

Tom Petty has released another new song from Mudcrutch, his revived pre-Heartbreakers band.

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Reprise
Reprise

Mudcrutch Set Release Date for New Album, Drop ‘Trailer’ Single, Announce Tour Dates

Mudcrutch, Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band and current side project, will return with a new album and tour this spring.

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Tom Petty Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Tom Petty Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Compiling our list of Tom Petty Albums Ranked Worst to Best, wasn't easy.

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Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty and More Classic Rockers Highlight Record Store Day 2016

Dozens of classic-rock releases are on tap this year for the annual Record Store Day, including albums and singles by Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Cheap Trick and David Bowie.

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MCA
MCA

The History of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Ambitious ‘Southern Accents’

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a three-year break from new music between 1982-85, but the band wasn't on vacation.

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Lawrence Lucier, Getty Images

The Day Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Bassist Howie Epstein Died

Howie Epstein could do it all -- until his addictions prevented him from doing anything.

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Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch Announces First Show Since 2008

The band Tom Petty was in before forming the Heartbreakers are booked to play the Summer Camp Music Festival over Memorial Day Weekend.

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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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