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Tom Petty

Interview by Cynthia Rose, City Limits, December 1982

With his 1976 debut album, Tom Petty became a rock star. It seemed he was cast in the classic mould – a hip young American ...

10 Questions for Tom Petty

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, May 1999

What's your fascination with San Francisco? Two years ago you staged 20 shows at the Fillmore, and now you're here for seven days. ...

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Tom Petty (1987)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1987

The Heartbreakers' main man talks about collaborating with other artists; the band's longevity; muses about songwriting and being a bandleader.

File format: mp3; file size: 40.6mb, interview length: 44' 20" sound quality: ***

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Tom Petty: Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, September 1977

IT'S NO accident that the tinny PA at the tacky Whisky was blasting out the Rolling. Stones' 'All Down The Line' prior to the Saturday ...

Tom Petty: Animus Americus Unpoliticus

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Creem, August 1978

 [L — Fair-haired, guitar-playing carnivore indigenous to America; leaves characteristic trail of Coke bottles.] ...

Tom Petty: The Great White Hope

Interview by Gary Sperrazza!, Trouser Press, December 1978

Tom Petty Takes On Disco Menace ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Damn The Torpedoes (Backstreet)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, November 1979

IT'S BEEN a good two years since Tom's last sortie into the vinyl jungle, but even then You're Gonna Get It! was released to widespread critical apathy. ...

Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes (Backstreet/MCA)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, February 1980

DAMN THE TORPEDOES takes the American Stand: "Don't tread on me" When you've been ‘raised on promises’ like the heroine of Tom Petty's bicentennial debut, ...

Tom Petty: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, February 1980

LIGHTERS COME on round the arena, a couple of firecrackers go off, then on strides Petty with his rockstar lope, leans into the microphone with ...

Call Tom Petty The New Springsteen And He'll Cut You!

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, March 1980

THE PICCADILLY Hotel in Manchester is an anonymous modern structure slipped neatly inside a multi-storey car park — an injection of glass and concrete at ...

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Hard Promises (MCA)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, March 1981

WITH THE release of 'American Girl' back in '76, Tom Petty asserted that ability to articulate a native territory – both inherited and imagined – ...

Tom Petty

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, June 1981

BENMONT TENCH remembers the day well. "It was April Fool's Day 1974 when we drove to LA" he recalls. At the time, keyboardsman Tench, guitarist ...

Tom Petty

Interview by Dave Marsh, Musician, July 1981

WHEN TOM PETTY burst into his manager's Sunset Blvd offices early this April he was exuberant. No wonder. He'd just finished mixing his fourth and ...

20 Questions: Tom Petty

Interview by David Rensin, Playboy, September 1982

Rock's hottest heartbreaker reveals dark secrets — about record-industry execs, rock-'n'-roll marriages and what's in his pockets. ...

30 Years of Teardrops: from Del Shannon’s ‘Runaway’ to Tom Petty’s ‘Refugee’

Retrospective and Interview by Cynthia Rose, unpublished, 1983

THE SPACE inside our souls where real dreams arise is created by a particular breed of gambler: the emotional, sexually aware, desperately honest human who ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Long After Dark

Review by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, January 1983

TOM PETTY and the Heartbreakers play a finely crafted band of meat-and-potatoes rock.  ...

Tom Petty: Hot Spell

Interview by David Gans, Hit Parader, April 1983

Lighting Up The Night Under The Spotlight ...

Tom Petty: Long After Maturity

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, April 1983

STAR TRECK. Scene One: Writer meets Star. ...

Out In The Street: Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the simple truths of blue-collar rock

Essay by Cynthia Rose, History of Rock, The, 1984

In the heyday of Elvis, Chuck Berry or the Beatles, radio was revered. It constituted rock’n’roll’s channel to the teen heart, and it struck out ...

Tom Petty: Southern Accents

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, July 1985

PRETTY SOON, it will be an established practice for earnest rockers to start off albums by announcing the circumstances of their birth. ...

Glitches add spontaneity to Bob Dylan and Tom Petty show

Live Review by Charles Bermant, Globe and Mail, The, 1986

BOB DYLAN FORGOT a lot of the words to his own songs. He blew the payoff line of 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' completely. ...

Bob Dylan In Concert - An HBO Special

Film/DVD/TV Review by Geoffrey Himes, Columbia Flier , July 1986

THE RECENT HBO cable TV special, Bob Dylan in Concert, gave us a sneak preview of what we can expect when Dylan arrives in Washington ...

Tom Petty: Less Is More, More Or Less

Interview by Bud Scoppa, Creem, August 1987

"She hit me, Daddy!""I did not." ...

Bob Dylan/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers /Roger McGuinn: Modena Autodrome, Turin

Live Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, September 1987

ROCK HACKS aren't allowed near Bob. He's got no time for the press. In fact, someone who once met his grannie's dog-minder tells me Bob ...

Tom Petty: Once In A Full Moon

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, May 1989

BY THE time Tom Petty became a Traveling Wilbury last year, he had every reason to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Roy ...

Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, June 1989

Sans Heartbreakers, Tom Petty revives the Golden Age of Pop. ...

Tom Petty: Outlaw Blues

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, July 1989

Tom Petty survived the scuffling Southern bar circuit, soul-destroying legal wrangles and a self-inflicted hospital spell to bring his mid-tempo memories of fickle women and ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles

Live Review by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, August 1989

WHAT CAN be said about Tom Petty and his crack band the Heartbreakers that hasn't already been said? They are quite simply the tightest and ...

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Into The Great Wide Open

Review by Mat Snow, Q, August 1991

THE TITLE says it all. Space, horizon and all those rich possibilities are so central to the idea of America that it's hardly surprising they ...

Tom Petty: Petty Larceny

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, September 1991

HEIR TO DYLAN OR BEL AIR AIRHEAD? SOMETIME WILBURY TOM PETTY IS 40 WITH KIDS, AND EVEN THOUGH HIS NEW ALBUM WITH THE HEARTBREAKERS IS ...

Tom Petty: Wildflowers (Warner)

Review by Andy Gill, Q, November 1994

THE SURPRISING choice of Rick Rubin as producer after a highly successful liaison with Jeff Lynne over his last couple of albums might suggest a ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Playback (MCA)

Review by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 1996

Ben Edmonds rewinds 20 years of Tom Petty ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Songs And Music From The Motion Picture She's The One

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1996

TOM PETTY WAS BORN to be a classic runner. The only question with each new release is whether he's out for a canter or the ...

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Songs and Music from the Motion Picture ‘She’s the One’

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, September 1996

Asked to provide one song for a film soundtrack, Tom Petty rather overshot the brief and wound up laying down an album’s worth. ...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco

Live Review by Joel Selvin, MOJO, March 1997

AFTER MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OF THE IMMENSE SUCCESS THAT followed the popular breakthrough of Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty wondered what to do. His ...

Tom Petty Takes A Stand

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2002

FACED WITH the constant change and uncertainty that is life these days, it's a relief, on occasion, to be able to count on a band ...

Tom Petty: The Last DJ *****

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2002

BUSINESS AS usual for Petty is a decent business: good melodies, fat, ringing acoustics, his occasionally Dylanish delivery with those little lifts or drops at ...

The Grim Reporter March 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

Album Retrospective: Tom Petty

Retrospective by Fred Mills, Harp, July 2006

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Tom Petty: Anatomy of a rock star

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2006

ALMOST EVERYONE that knows Tom Petty for any length of time calls him Tommy. ...

Tom Petty

Interview by Mat Snow, MOJO, October 2009

This is the full, uncut version of the piece that appeared in Mojo, October 2009. ...

see also Mudcrutch

see also Traveling Wilburys

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