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A look into the life of Tom Petty, American rock star 1950-2017

Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more

Five days before his death, Tom Petty and members of the Heartbreakers sat down with the L.A. Times' Randy Lewis to talk about the band's 40th anniversary and a lifetime in music.

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A former Sound City engineer details how Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks' 'duet' came to be

As a twentysomething assistant engineer at Sound City, Brian Hart wound up working with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was in the room when Jimmy Iovine suggested Stevie Nicks give a go at "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" — what happened next still surprises him.

Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman and beloved rock figure, dies at 66

He emerged as one of the most vocal and tireless champions of artistic integrity and musical purity in the record business.

Why losing Tom Petty feels like losing a piece of ourselves

Tom Petty, who, with an iconic shades-and-long-hair look, a nasal voice gloriously unsuited to any other genre and a seemingly bottomless bag of tunes that felt as though he’d written them to soundtrack the specifics of your life, was the quintessential American rock star.

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For Tom Petty, a songwriter's greatest achievement is to 'get someone to think about things'

In 1987, Tom Petty spoke to The Times about his excitement and renewed passions with his new album "Let Me Up (I've Had Enough)," which included a series of socially conscious "character sketches," and his upcoming U.S. tour with the Heartbreakers.

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Tom Petty breaks down 10 of his songs, including big hits and obscure gems

In advance of the Heartbreakers' 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty commented on then-Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn's 10 favorite Petty songs.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, an L.A. band, stare at 'Hypnotic Eye'

Tom Petty, who, let it be known, leads an L.A. rock band, traces his 'Faultlines,' talks doing fresh things Heartbreakers-style.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers look back on four decades, but leave the nostalgia at home

The legendary classic rock singer wraps up with 40th anniversary tour with a run at the Hollywood Bowl.

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