Tom Petty was one of the great columns of American rock. His music was an original mix: abundant doses of Byrds, a touch of southern rock, repeated calls to Bob Dylan and very traditional harmonies. At the beginning of his career he had spontaneously re-proposed certain hinterland after the explosion of punk had minimized hierarchies, traditions and vices, while later he would explore other territories, until the blues of "Mojo" of 2012 and the garage rock of his latest studio album , "Hypnotic eye" of 2014, which was followed last year by the second chapter of the Mudcrutch, his early career band that he had reformed in 2008. But his real band was the Heartbreakers, faithful companions for 40 years, except for some solo exit: one of the great rock formations of the last 40 years, able to compete with the E Street Band for compactness and sound.
Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1950. At the beginning of the '70s he began to take his first steps in music, with bands like the Mudcrutch, training put together with Mike Campbell (guitar) and Benmont Tench (keyboards). After alternate events, including contact with the Shelter label for which they recorded some auditions, Petty moved away from the two companions to find them shortly after with the bassist Ron Blair and the drummer Stan Lynch, in the definitive core of the Heartbreakers.
August 1st, 2018
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