Tom Petty

Tom Petty, American Icon, Has Died at Age 66

As per CBS News, the LAPD has clarified that they cannot confirm or deny Tom Petty’s death. Some sources have redacted, some have not. 





I don’t know about you, but Tom Petty’s death today shocked all of us at Bookstr. Cut us to the core. Gone are the giggles from earlier today, all that remains is a somber click-clack of keyboard keys and echoes of his hits from headphones.


I’m pretty torn up about it. Tom Petty was the first concert I ever attended. I’ve loved him almost my whole life. If you’re torn up too, Petty: The Biography might be a good investment. I’ve already bought my copy.


A New York Times Bestseller and one of Rolling Stone‘s 10 Best Music Books of 2015, Petty: The Biography is an exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty (Synopsis via Amazon.)


Petty: The Biography

Image via the Weeklings.


No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty’s music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped write.


Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shitkicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll changed things. From meeting Elvis, to seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, to producing Del Shannon, to backing Bob Dylan, to putting together a band with George Harrison, Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, to making records with Johnny Cash, and to sending more than a dozen of his own celebrated recordings high onto the charts, Tom Petty’s story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Now, in his mid-sixties, still making records and still touring, Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with Warren Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage.


This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from “American Girl” and “Refugee” to “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” It’s also for those who want to see the classic rock and roll era embodied in one man’s remarkable story. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what music can do and where it can take us.


Featured image via ABC News.