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Tom Petty: Outlaw Blues

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 cheerless highways to a world audience. And now, less ambitious, a little more sociable, he's a part-time Traveling Wilbury and full-time Regular Guy. "It was time to calm down," he tells Tom Hibbert.

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