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.
Odd Couples: How Dave Stewart Helped Tom Petty Tackle the '80s
His deep Southern roots made for an interesting combination with Eurythmics cofounder's English panache.
The Overlooked Duet Tom Petty Nearly Gave Away to Stevie Nicks
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" wasn't their only collaboration.
Mike Campbell Will Play 'A Handful of Heartbreakers Songs' Live
"You Got Lucky" and "Southern Accents" are among the contenders for the upcoming Dirty Knobs tour.
How Mike Campbell Found His Way Out of Isolation With New Album
Guitarist tells UCR about collaborating with Margo Price and Ian Hunter for his latest songs.
How Mike Campbell Created a 'Gypsy Caravan' for His Latest Video
Guitarist tells UCR about "hitchhiking" and hanging out with gypsies for his latest song with the Dirty Knobs.
Revisiting Tom Petty's Epic Run at San Francisco's Fillmore
He once described this 20-date 1997 residency as "the best time we've ever had."
How Tom Petty Crafted the Legacy-Defining 'American Girl'
One of the Heartbreakers' most enduring songs began on acoustic guitar.
Mike Campbell Confirms Tom Petty Fillmore Performances Box Set
"It was one of the greatest parts of our career," guitarist tells UCR.
Tom Petty Documentary Director Peter Bogdanovich Dies at 82
Acclaimed filmmaker also helmed 'The Last Picture Show' and starred in 'The Sopranos.'