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A little flawed in its presentation perhaps ?,
This review is from: Conversations with Tom Petty (Hardcover)
Being a long time fan of Tom Petty,and aware of the scarce amount that has been written about him,I was looking forward to reading this xmas pressie my wife bought for me.
Petty in my mind has always been underrated as an artist and Zollo does in some respect go a long way in rectifying this with
his conversations.The history and development of the band from its early inception are well documented with the extra insight of Petty himself being worth the price alone.
What I found particulary interesting was the internal frictions that threatend to tear the band apart during the late 80s and early 90s when Pettys almost over reliance on Jeff Lynne as a producer seemed to increasingly alienate his bandmates
However despite the information that one does glean from this book, the reader seems to be left with the impression that Zollo
for all his efforts either found Petty to be slighty reticent about some subjects he wouldnt be drawn on, such as the decline and eventual death of bassist Howie Epstein which merely warrants a few paragraphs,or he didnt want to write the definitive biography this reader had anticipated. Instead what we have is a well written book with an easy going prose but which ultimately fails this reader in two ways:-
1. The information is there but needs to be expanded on.
2. Why divide the book into Life and Songs? Frankly I found this irritating,learning about chord construction etc I feel
is really only of any great interest to musicians and songwriters(of which Zollo is one) and not all music lovers/fans need to have every song disected in this way.
Far more useful I would have thought would be to amalgamate the
two sections keeping the songs in a more thematic context and with less technical information.
All in all a good book which seemed to promise more than it gave; the first 200 pages really being the most enjoyable.