Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Runnin' Down A Dream

DVD - 2008 | Widescreen version.
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"Tracking Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their Gainesville beginnings to their 30th anniversary celebration, Runnin' Down a Dream is the hard-hitting account of a band that became a family and, along the way, left a body of work that is among the richest deposits in American musical history"--Container.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Records, 2008, c2007.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 T655b
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (259 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Additional Contributors: Petty, Tom
Bogdanovich, Peter 1939-


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Dec 27, 2019

Good documentary about American musician Tom Petty. He watched Elvis as a boy and then The Beatles and decided to become a musician. He forms Mudcrutch in his hometown of Gainsville, FL with friends. They decide to drive out to L.A. and get a record deal. It is the mid-1970s and disco music is the rage. Petty finally finds people who like his rock songs and agree to record the band. The documentary was interesting when Petty recounts his legal battles with his record label (he unknowingly signs away all his music publishing rights) and Petty was not a guy to take much crap—he files for bankruptcy in order to pay for litigation to recover his publishing rights. His life inspired much of his music; his song I Won’t Back Down being a clear example. The band finds success and Petty eventually works with talented artists of his era including Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) opening and playing as the backup band for Bob Dylan and creating the Traveling Wilburys (Dylan, Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison). While continuing to focus on his songwriting and solo works, as well as Heartbreakers material for 40 years.

Mar 04, 2019

A very educational DVD about a cool guy who was really into Rock n Roll and who had a great talent. Well done! It's funny about his father being all anti-rock for decades when Tom was struggling (But he did buy the first electric guitar for Tom) and then when Tom's successful he's like the Big Man of Gainesville, FLA. only because he's a Rock Star's Father.

Jul 12, 2017

Rock and roll and integrity forever.

Aug 11, 2011

I've watched my fair share of rock bios/profiles over the years, but this is EASILY the best I've seen yet.

The combination of interviews, concert footage and candid clips is spectacular.

I highly recommend this DVD. The second of the two discs (both about 2 hrs) is the better of the two, so if you don't have time for both, go straight to it.

Aug 02, 2011

Even if you aren't a Tom Petty fanatic this is really must see for all rock fans. It tells the story of how our hero Tom took on the mean record company that tried to steal his songs!!!! Tom is one of the key players (with John Lennon and Bob Dylan) who wouldn't let the suits steal rock and roll!

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