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'Wildflowers & All the Rest' Is Tom Petty's Masterpiece

Wildflowers is a masterpiece because Tom Petty was a good enough songwriter by that point to communicate exactly what was on his mind in the most devastating way possible.

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How Kip Berman Gave Tom Petty's 'Full Moon Fever' the Pains of Being Pure at Heart Treatment

Working on a covers album by one of your heroes prior to him unexpectedly dying may suddenly alter the course of your tribute, and for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman, it changed him profoundly.

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The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2018

In 2018, the music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

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Tom Petty: An American Treasure

Tom Petty's An American Treasure is a total win. Its showcase of b-sides, leftovers, outtakes, and live performances keeps a tight focus on the fact that Petty left this world plenty of excellent material.

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Life Lessons from a Hardcore Pettyhead

I’ve been neck-deep in the philosophy of Tom Petty, my spiritual gangster, for years now and here are the things he taught me.

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Tom Petty: The Soundtrack of our Lives

Tom Petty's unique, tuneful brand of heartland rock was a vital part of many rock fans' lifelong playlists.

Chris Ingalls
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The Waiting Was the Hardest Part: Warren Zanes on Rock Icon Tom Petty

Tom Petty biographer and respected musician Warren Zanes speaks on heroin headlines, playlist gems, and playing the long game in rock music.

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'Petty: The Biography' Is the Weakest of Warren Zanes' Work

Warren Zanes utilizes half his talent in this biography, and delivers weak Tom Petty tea to starving masses of fans.

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Tom Petty and George Harrison Were Two Sides of the Same Bicentennial Coin

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Thirty Three & 1/3, and self-destruction in the Spirit of '76.

Megan Volpert
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Why the "Blurred Lines" Lawsuit Verdict Was a Mistake

No matter how much one dislikes "Blurred Lines", it's hard to see how the victory of the Gaye estate will be beneficial to artists in the future.

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Eric Clapton and Friends: The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

It’s safe, which only gets The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale so far, but, this record will undoubtedly get a lot of people to revisit, or discover JJ Cale, which is a win in itself.

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Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Deluxe Edition)

Mystery Girl, possibly one of the few ‘80s pop masterpieces, makes it to a deluxe version, with an expanded CD and DVD documentary. If only we could always live in dreams.

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When Politicians Hit Wrong Notes

From Reagan in the '80s to Limbaugh in 2012, Republicans have an uncanny knack for linking themselves to musicians who don’t support them. Just ask Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp.

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Glen Campbell: Meet Glen Campbell (Expanded Edition)

"Meet Glen Campbell" showcases the singularity of Campbell's interpretive talents as a singer spectacularly. But there is hardly any reason to buy this skimpy "expanded edition" unless you don't already own the record in some other form.

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Celebrating 68 years of George Harrison

Dubbed “the quiet one”, George Harrison contributed some of the Beatles best work and continued on to an impressive solo career. He died far too soon, but the world still has a lifetime of his work to admire and enjoy.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers certainly got back their MoJo working on this new album. It has some of the most well-written songs he's released since at least as far back as 1985's Southern Accents.

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

Initially available only as an exclusive Best Buy box set, Peter Bogdanovich's four-hour documentary on the making of an American rock 'n' roll institution is re-released in a two-disc edition, available anywhere.

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The Traveling Wilburys: The Traveling Wilburys Collection

The Traveling Wilburys were always the stuff of myth -- of unlikely beginnings and heroes and, yes, even transcending death through creation. Thankfully, with their work back on the shelves, they will do just that.

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Tom Petty: Highway Companion

"Ankle Deep" conjures up a pretty lively harmonic resemblance to Steve Goodman's "You Never Even Called Me By My Name", which, in the context of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' biting of "Dani Califonia", turns this sentence quickly into a fun game of Six Degrees of Tom Petty.

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Bonnaroo 2006: Day 1 Feat. Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, Bright Eyes, Tom Petty, and My Morning Jacket

It's unclear whether or not Ben Folds' routine is a warning about the misuse of drugs. If it is, it's clearly falling on deaf ears.

Eddie Ciminelli

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