OFFICIAL AND AUTHORIZED! Tom Petty has long been seen as one of the great songwriters of American rock ‘n’ roll, as well as one of the key standard bearers of integrity in the music business. Conversations With Tom Petty is the first authorized book to focus solely on the life and work of the man responsible for some of the most memorable rock anthems of our generation, including: "American Girl," "Breakdown," "Refugee," "The Waiting," "Don’t Come Around Here No More," "I Won’t Back Down," "Free Fallin’," "Runnin’ Down a Dream," "You Don’t Know How It Feels," "Mary Jane’s Last Dance," and many others. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and his work with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, as well as his solo albums and those with the Traveling Wilburys, have been critically acclaimed the world over and have earned numerous Platinum-status awards from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as Grammys and other major awards.
Tom and author Paul Zollo conducted a series of in-depth discussions about Tom’s career, with special focus on his songwriting. The conversations are reprinted here with little or no editorial comment and represent a unique perspective on Tom’s entire career.
Paul Zollo is a singer-songwriter, author, and music journalist. Since 1987, he's dedicated himself to interviewing the world’s greatest songwriters. From 1987 to 1997, he was the editor of SongTalk, the journal of the National Academy of Songwriters. He’s currently the senior editor for American Songwriter. Born in Chicago, he studied English and Music at Boston University and is the author of The Beginning Songwriter’s Answer Book, Songwriters on Songwriting, and Hollywood Remembered. He has written about music for many magazines, including Performing Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Sing Out!, Billboard, Variety, and, Musician, and has contributed CD liner notes for artists including Paul Simon, Laura Nyro, Dan Fogelberg, Townes Van Zandt, and Thom Bishop. As a singer-songwriter, he has performed with his own band and solo, and has co-written songs with many artists, including Severin Browne, Darryl Purpose, and Steve Allen.