Conversations With Tom Petty [NOOK Book]

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OFFICIAL AND AUTHORIZED! Tom Petty has long been seen as one of the great songwriters of American rock 'n' roll, as well as one of the key standard bearers of integrity in the music business. Conversations With Tom Petty is the first authorized book to focus solely on the life and work of the man responsible for some of the most memorable rock anthems of our generation, including: American Girl, Breakdown, Refugee, The Waiting, Don't Come Around Here No More, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', Runnin' Down a Dream,...
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Overview

OFFICIAL AND AUTHORIZED! Tom Petty has long been seen as one of the great songwriters of American rock 'n' roll, as well as one of the key standard bearers of integrity in the music business. Conversations With Tom Petty is the first authorized book to focus solely on the life and work of the man responsible for some of the most memorable rock anthems of our generation, including: American Girl, Breakdown, Refugee, The Waiting, Don't Come Around Here No More, I Won't Back Down, Free Fallin', Runnin' Down a Dream, You Don't Know How It Feels, Mary Jane's Last Dance, and many others. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and his work with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, as well as his solo albums and those with the Traveling Wilburys, have been critically acclaimed the world over and have earned numerous Platinum-status awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as Grammys, MTV Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and many other honors. Author Paul Zollo conducted a series of in-depth discussions with Tom about his career, with special focus on his songwriting. The conversations are reprinted here with little or no editorial comment and represent a unique perspective on Tom's entire career. Insightful, breezy, and loaded with recollections from Petty's formative years. - Orlando Sentinel ...the notoriously media-wary Petty responds...about his life, career, and craft with articulate and intelligent answers that even nonfans can enjoy. - Publishers Weekly ...reveals some fascinating facts for Petty heads. - Billboard The Q&A format is ideal for showcasing Petty's likable personality, and his passion for the music he creates is palpable. - Library Journal. The book includes rare photographs and a first-hand account of Tom's unprecedented career. Format: hardcover 6.125 x 9.25
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857127648
  • Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/23/2012
  • Series: N/A
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 402,083
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    An Amazing Look Into Tom Petty's Life and Music

    Conversations with Tom Petty by Paul Zollo is a book that I would highly recommend to any Tom Petty Fan. The book starts off with a causal foreword form Tom himself, then progresses into chapter one. The book is laid out in two parts. Part one, Life Part two, Songs. Petty believes as the interviews unfolded, that in order to understand the music, you need to understand his life. In the first chapter, you discover that at the age of twelve, Tom Petty became engulfed in music and his guitar. By eighteen, he was off to California to find a music contract. After being in several bands and playing many shows, sometimes five a week, Tom had a pretty good idea of the music business, or so he thought. When Tom Petty and his band arrived in L.A., they had an offer to record a single on their first day there. The offers kept rolling in. They soon realized that they had a lot to learn about the music business. Tom, being the un-official leading man, had to learn some tough stuff about the music world. He never realized that there were so many legal issues involved with signing with a label. After they got the ball rolling, it was all up hill from there. In the book, part two is all about the songs. Paul Zollo does a fantastic job of really getting to the core meaning of Tom¿s songs. For example, ¿American Girl¿ is a very popular Tom Petty song, but the meaning of the song has been turned in to an urban legend. Tom sets the readers straight and shares the real meaning of ¿American Girl¿ and a lot of his other songs that he created. You learn about how he was feeling when he wrote certain songs, and what kind of stories are behind some of his more personal songs. If you are like me and love listening to Tom Petty with the windows down and the wind blowing your hair, you will be completely satisfied with this in-depth look in to his life, his music, and his passion for both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Love Tom, Hate the Book

    I love Tom Petty's music so I was very excited to get this book. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected. The book talks at great length about cord changes and the influences of producers, but it's extremely light on the stories of Tom's life or the influences on his music. There are no great stories about Live Aid, Farm Aid, his house burning down, the controversies following 'The Last DJ,' etc. It's really just a discussion of who he played with and when. I was also disappointed that a great deal of material is repeated. Bottom line: Skip this book unless you play music and have a deepseated interest in cord changes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    A MUST READ For Petty Fans!

    For fans of Tom Petty and his music, this is the ultimate read. For me personally, Tom Petty is no less than a God in the world of rock and roll music. For those of us who enjoy Petty's music, and desire to know more about this exceptionally talented, but publicity shy man, this book has it all. Zollo asks all the right questions and the 'conversational' style seems to work well. It gives Petty fans a glimpse into the mind of this humble, sensitive, and highly intelligent man, who has more integrity, and honesty than one is used to seeing in the celebrity world these days. A satisfying and entertaining read that any Petty fan should not pass up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    what petty fans needed

    this book is what tom petty fans just needed. I feel like i really know tom petty now. it included his early life in florida and it included everything a true tom petty fan needed to know... i've allready read this book twice, i will read it many many more times... tom petty is the king

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Great read if you like Petty and Heartbreakers music

    It is exactly what it says. It is a conversation, written in conversational style about his music, how he came up with ideas for song, all the bands and people he has played with from teen years to now. He also talks about his friendships with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Dylan, Jeff Lynn, and Dell Shannon, Don Felder Being a mucisian myself and a lover of Petty, Heartbreakers and Wilburys, loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Boring Overall

    This has a few great stories about Tom & his life, what's there is great, but all in all there is too much that is just technical about the music. I love Tom, I just wanted to know a little more about him personally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Celebrating 30 Years of American Rock 'n' Roll!

    I've been a fan of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers since 1976 so I thought I knew all there was to know about Tom and the band...how wrong I was! This book was enlightening in regards to TP's childhood, how his love for music unfolded at an early age, and how his life experience naturally seeps into his songs. The book is broken up into two parts. The first part is all about Tom's life and he talks about everything from his parents to getting a record deal to recording with the Wilburys to the tragic death of bassist Howie Epstein. The second part is devoted to TP's songs with comments from him about almost everything he's ever written. For me, the first section of the book was my favorite, though I did learn a few things about Tom's songs in Part II. This is a terrific book for anyone who loves rock 'n' roll, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in particular.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Excellent Book

    Highly reccomended for any true music fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Hard to put down for Petty fans

    This was one of if not the best music related books I have ever read. Petty talks about his childhood right up to the album that is yet to be released. He goes through each stage of his life and the second half he talks about individual songs. One of my highlights was his description of the Full Moon Fever and Wilbury years and his story of Mikes Cambells solo in 'Runnin Down a Dream'. My only wish is that he talk about his association with Rickenbacker guitars. The rare photos are really, really good too.

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