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.
Tom Petty's New 'Angel Dreams' Reworks 'She's the One' Soundtrack
Remastered set, out in June as part of Record Store Day event, features four previously unreleased songs.
Underrated Tom Petty: The Most Overlooked Song From Each Album
From deep cuts to hidden gems, we break down the late legend's best under-the-radar tracks.
Watch Tom Petty's New Video for 'You Saw Me Comin''
More 'Wildflowers'-related material will be coming soon.
Why Dave Grohl Didn't Abandon the Foo Fighters for Tom Petty
He says an invitation to tour as the Heartbreakers’ drummer would have made him “sad.”
New Tom Petty Documentary to Premiere at SXSW Online
'Somewhere You Feel Free' utilizes "newly discovered archive of 16mm film" to show singer-songwriter at work on 1994's 'Wildflowers.'
How Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Struggled to Record 'Refugee'
Hit single required 70 takes, with one band member fired and rehired and its cowriter leaving town for two days.
Watch New Video for Tom Petty’s ’Something Could Happen’
Long-lost track finally appeared on ‘Wildflowers & All the Rest' set.
Mike Campbell 'Not Ready Emotionally' for Heartbreakers Reunion
Tom Petty's longtime collaborator is still grieving for his bandmate.
How Tom Petty Caught 'Full Moon Fever' With Jeff Lynne: Excerpt
New book focuses on singer-songwriter's relationship with Los Angeles, including the numerous collaborators he found there.
Why Tom Petty's Band Initially Hated 'Mary Jane's Last Dance'
"What’s funny is that when Tom wrote this song, when he first showed it to me, the chorus was, 'Hey, Indiana girl, go out and find the world,'" says Mike Campbell.