The Work Ethic of Tom Petty | Classic Albums

From borrowed phrases from his dad to rented pianos, here’s how Tom Petty wrote his best songs

The third album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1979, has long been regarded as a classic. It demonstrates the musical and song writing virtuosity of a great front man and his amazing backing band. A mix of root-sy American rock & roll and the best of the British invasion, a collaboration of jangling Byrds guitars and Stones-like rhythms, Damn the Torpedoes was the album that took Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers into the major league and re-defined American rock. This episode tells the story behind the conception and recording of this great rock & roll album and the dramatic transformation in the band’s career that took place following its release. In this special sneak peek, Tom Petty talks about his songwriting process and what inspired some of the albums most iconic songs. Learn more about the album and the creation of it with Classic Albums on Wednesday, November 6th at 9/8c on AXS TV!


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