Zanes gets deep inside Petty's life and songs, but perceptively, he pays special attention to the fierce tenacity required to maintain the complex organism known as a rock & roll band.” —Alan Light, author of “Marvelous, kinetic, funny, and if you’ll pardon me, heartbreaking...Zanes is never less than entertainingly artful and sometimes breathtakingly graceful...An entertaining book about a musician, producer and performer as well as a portrait of the person behind the fame.” —] is an often, raw, frank and sometimes painful look at Petty’s life from his childhood onward, with many amazing revelations.” —ABC News “Zanes elevates [Petty] from the usual rocker biography... After observing his friends being well paid for appearing in commercials he decided to turn to acting.as soaring and soulful as the great journey of Petty himself.” —Cameron Crowe “Expertly researched and deeply felt, is also the first peer-to-peer biography: the life of one musician through the eyes of a man who has prowled the same stages and chased the same dream.Warren Zanes tells his tale in a voice that is crisp and passionate, sympathetic, unsparing, and shot through with hard experience.” —Peter Ames Carlin “With insight and rigor, Warren Zanes digs into the brilliance and ambition that have driven Tom Petty's magnificent career.“Imagine a long ride on the tour bus with Tom and the Heartbreakers where everyone was feeling loose enough to tell all their stories. This book is that.” —Eddie Vedder “Tom Petty is a human-sized rock star, an ordinary guy from Florida who quietly amassed an indelible body of work, and created one of rock and roll's greatest and most durable bands along the way .In this deeply engaging and highly readable biography, Warren Zanes not only illuminates the enigmatic man behind the songs, but he captures the human drama of being in a rock band as well as anyone who's ever written on the subject.” —Tom Perrotta “This amazing book is a Tom Petty biography (and it's great on that account) but it's far more than that.
The agreement specifies the mission of a sixteen-member Green Beret team of U. special forces, drawn from the 8th Special Forces division of the U. Army Forces at Southcom in Panama, to "produce a rapid reaction force capable of counterinsurgency operations and skilled to the degree that four months of intensive training can be absorbed by the personnel presented by the Bolivian Armed Forces." In October, the 2nd Battalion, aided by U. military and CIA personnel, did engage and capture Che Guevara's small band of rebels.It’s intimate—interviews with Petty as well as friends and family form a huge portion of the book’s substance—but Zanes keeps a careful editorial distance that helps modulate his obvious worship of the man and his music...Beautifully written, full of wisdom and reverence.” — “Zanes is a terrific writer and a thorough interviewer, and he manages to walk that fine line between a “warts and all” biography and a compassionate telling of the story of a man who dealt quietly with being in charge while handling a series of personal challenges...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,” and 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 the music can do and where it can take us.
Sure, is a book about a rock band but it's really a book about being human - how we meet and collaborate, break up and make up, learn to trust (or not) and, once in a lucky while, sing as loud as we can.