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In fact, Petty's 1985 cover with The Heartbreakers on Pack Up the Plantation could well
have been a prologue to his biography; his
career mirrored every line, from the hopeful
"Just get an electric guitar, then take some
time and learn how to play..." to the foreboding "Sell your soul to the company, who are
waiting there to sell plastic ware..."
Petty's career gained inertia through a
hyperactive early-'70s music scene in Gainesville, Florida, and his history is well-known,
from an infamous fight with MCA Records
to selling more 50 million records, winning
four Grammy awards (16 nominations),
nearly 30 hit singles, and an embarrassment
of industry accolades.
Amongst fans, he was a hero who entertained through parts of five decades, he and
the band famously using vintage instruments
to conjure magic in recording studios and on
stages the world over.
The music world was truly shocked by
Petty's passing October 2. He had just finished
a tour and those who caught a performance
saw a guy who, despite having given so much,
was obviously not out of energy or ideas.
In the days that followed, we heard from
players and contributors, expressing their
grief and sharing memories.

I

n the colossal wake of the Beatles, Tom Petty - more than
most - was that kid the Byrds spoke to in "So You Want to
Be a Rock and Roll Star."
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"Like Tom Petty, I grew up in Central
Florida playing in garage bands working the
teen-center circuit and U of Florida frathouse
parties. Petty played with the Epics and
Sundowners and I, along with Gram Parsons
and Jim Stafford, was with the Legends.
Our music-store hangout in Gainesville was
Lipham Music, where Tommy Petty took lessons from Don Felder. But the first catalyst for
his musical ambitions were stoked by meeting
Elvis Presley in the summer of '61, during

Tom Petty: Jason Moore/Zuma Wire.

"In the '80s, The Cars and Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers shared a management office,
so I would bump into Tom and the band. He
was a great guy, and like myself, a true '60s
kid, so we had a lot in common, from music
to cool guitars and clothes, pop culture, etc.
There was nothing particularly unique about
that in and of itself, the difference being that
Tom somehow made the leap from fandom
to actually working with our heroes. Imagine
a guy from our generation, turned on by the
British Invasion, getting to play in a band and
have friendships with George Harrison, Bob
Dylan, and Roy Orbison! He was a one-off
and always brought his A-game when he hit
the stage. Tom was the real deal and will be
terribly missed by his family, friends, and
the millions touched by his music." - Elliot
Easton


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