Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers As Metaphor For The Excellent Nietzschean Soul

In reply to my review of Peter Bogdanovich’s film about Tom Petty Running Down a Dream , “Lizzie B” over at the Tom Petty message board points out an oversight in my review. She astutely observes: Something you didn’t touch on that really stood out to me in the film is Tom Petty’s shrewd sense [Read More...]

Meet The “Petty Kid”

Mike Monelscachi is Tom Petty’s biggest teenaged fan.  Over on Tom’s messageboard (and in his high school he says) he’s known affectionately as “Petty Kid” (which, incidentally, I think would make an awesome band name for him).  He’s cutting a record and here are three of his songs.  I’m seriously impressed after all this time [Read More...]

Peter Bogdanovich’s “Running Down A Dream”

[written October 24, 2007] One of the reasons that great art means so much to us is because we find ourselves reflected and expressed in it, even when it is other people’s creations. For a long while now, I have figured out the formula to really understanding my mind and my heart for anyone interested. [Read More...]

What’s In A Name?

An article from the Desert Sun reports that Tom Petty bashed his album Echo, one of my favorites of his, with the following comment, He’s less enamored with 1999′s “Echo,” which opens with the grim “Room at the Top,” “one of the most depressing songs in rock history,” Petty says, grinning. “If anything will make [Read More...]

“What’s In A Name?” or “Room At The Top—”of the Titanic?”

In a recent interview Tom Petty bashed one of my favorite of his albums http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006610200386 as reported in the following way… He’s less enamored with 1999′s “Echo,” which opens with the grim “Room at the Top,” “one of the most depressing songs in rock history,” Petty says, grinning. “If anything will make you want to [Read More...]

Happy 56th Birthday Tom Petty

Your music is THE music. [Read more...]

If THIS Is What It Takes To Get You To Sample Some Tom Petty, Thensobeit….

Mary Jane’s Last Dance played with feet only! Even if this is a fake, it shows more coordination in this guy’s feet than I can imagine having in mine to fake it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIOYLMnTt0s [Read more...]

Down South Played Live!

On Tom’s current tour he has been reluctant to play many songs from his wonderful new album, “Highway Companion,” as he is sensitive to avoid alienating audiences with unfamiliar, new material to the point of underestimating his new songs’ ability to immediately grab audiences and their popularity on the sales charts already. People know the [Read More...]

Happy Birthday To Benmont Tench—-

the amazingly talented piano/keyboard/organ player and back up singer of the Heartbreakers turns older today. Besides being an awesome influence on the band who flavors every song perfectly with the piano/keyboard/organ and who helped prevent the Heartbreakers in the 80s from turning to the disastrous synthetic means of music production by insisting on “real instruments” [Read More...]


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