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.
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.
Win a Copy of Tom Petty's 'Wildflowers & All the Rest' Box Set
Your chance to score a Super Deluxe Edition of the recently released set.
How Janis Joplin Inspired Tom Petty's 'The Waiting'
Songwriter first got the chorus from a line by the late singer. Then came the hardest part.
Why Tom Petty Let Don Henley Record 'The Boys of Summer'
Mike Campbell reveals why his late bandmate rejected the demo, which led to the ex-Eagle's solo classic.
Tom Petty's Heartbreakers Have Discussed Reunion Possibility
Drummer Steve Ferrone says the band thought final tour should have been postponed.
Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks to Guest at Virtual Tom Petty Festival
Foo Fighters and Jackson Browne also booked for event, marking what would have been late rocker's 70th birthday.