Deep Dive All Music Books 53: Somewhere You Feel Free -Tom Petty and Los Angeles with Christopher McKittrick


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When Tom Petty arrived in Los Angeles in 1974 the Gainesville, Florida native found exactly what he was looking for in L.A.,rom the earliest Heartbreakers concerts in Los Angeles at the legendary Whisky a Go Go and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, to the band’s final concerts at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, Petty aimed to continue the tradition of the Southern California rock and roll. At the same time, Petty’s career often coincided with seismic shifts in the music business, such as Tom’s refusal to back down to label management, industry conventions, and the changing courses of music platforms such as rock radio, MTV, and MP3s and streaming.

Author Christopher McKittrick talks to us about the artistic life of Tom Petty through his career-long relationship with Los Angeles and the many colorful characters and venues that inspired him and his music.

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