Petty: The Biography

October 12, 2019 - Comment

The New York Times Bestseller *One of Rolling Stone’s 10 Best Music Books of 2015* An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom

The New York Times Bestseller

*One of Rolling Stone’s 10 Best Music Books of 2015*

An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty

No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty’s music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.

Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll made it otherwise. From meeting Elvis, to seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, to producing Del Shannon, backing Bob Dylan, putting together a band with George Harrison, Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, making records with Johnny Cash, and sending well more than a dozen of his own celebrated recordings high onto the charts, Tom Petty’s story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Now in his mid-sixties, still making records and still touring, Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with Warren Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage.

This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from “American Girl” and “Refugee” to “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and for those who want to see the classic rock and roll era embodied in one man’s remarkable story. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what the music can do and where it can take us.

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Anonymous says:

Surprisingly heartfelt. I’ll risk sounding like a loser and just admit that I wasn’t super into Tom Petty before reading this book. Sure, I know (and enjoy) his big hits like anyone else, but not much beyond that. I basically started this book with a clean slate, more curious than anything else, and really just looking to learn.Well, after finishing the biography, I can say with all honesty that I am now a legitimate Tom Petty fan. I have enormous respect for the man. I really had no idea he had been…

Anonymous says:

A moving biography With Tom Petty suddenly passing, I turned to this biography for a sense of closure.As a life long fan , I thought I knew most of his history, but found the depth of knowledge in this biography far beyond what I had read before.It is a very impressive book, and hard to put down.I really feel a deeper understanding of his music after reading this, and would highly recommend this to anybody interested in musical history and Tom Petty in particular.

Anonymous says:

WOW!!! – WOW -….is all I’ve got to say….my man sure did put on a brave face considering the long life of agony he was suffering – I know many of you may find that hard to believe – but just read this book – and there’s a lot of parallels with Tom Petty and every Boba musician I have ever met in the last 50 years…including YOURS TRULY…!!Some of the parts had me baffled and confused thinking I was reading my own biography…!!!!If you are any kind of Tom…

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