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Warren Zanes Tom Petty Autobiography

November 22, 201514 min
In the mid-eighties, already a rock icon, Tom Petty invited twenty-two-year-old Warren Zanes and his band the Del Fuegos to open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on a three-month summer tour. At the time, Zanes would’ve never guessed that thirty years later he would pen Petty’s biography with the artist’s full cooperation and unguarded honesty. Known for his reclusive ways, Petty wrote timeless songs that gave us some beautiful clues about his life, but in PETTY: The Biography (Henry Holt; on sale November 10, 2015) Zanes, an acclaimed musician, writer, filmmaker, and a former vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, fills in the rest of the story. Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Petty was a Southern shitkicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. But a handshake with Elvis and a dream of something better changed the course of his life and of American music. Through years of interviews condu

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