Petty: The Biography
The New York Times Bestseller
*One of Rolling Stone‘s 10 Best Music Books of 2015*
No one besides Warren Zanes, rocker and author and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that’s as fair and evocative of Petty’s music along with the remarkable rock and roll history he and his group helped to write.
This is a book for people who understand and love the tunes, from “American Girl” and “Refugee” into “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and for people who wish to find the traditional rock and roll era embodied in one man’s remarkable story. Mysterious and dark, Petty manages to return, over and over, showing us where it could take us and exactly what the music can do. Born in his bloodstream, with more than a little in Gainesville, Florida, Tom Petty was a child without a good deal of promise, a shit kicker. Roll and Rock made it. From meeting Elvis, to seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, to creating Del Shannon, backing Bob Dylan, putting together a group with George Harrison, Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, making recordings with Johnny Cash, and sending well over a dozen of his own celebrated recordings high on the graphs, Tom Petty’s story has all of the drama of a rock and roll epic. Currently in his mid-sixties, touring and still making records, Petty, famous for his style, has shared with his insecurities Warren Zanes arguments and his insights and ambitions, and the particulars of his life on and off.