Warren Zanes first heard Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as an 11-year-old in New Hampshire. By the time Zanes was 18, he was touring and recording with his own band, The Del Fuegos. Zanes' band opened for Petty and the Heartbreakers before they broke up. Zanes went on to get a Ph.D., work with The Rock and Roll Museum and Hall of Fame and become executive director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.
Zanes returned to his roots to write "Petty: The Biography." In this episode, we talk about where Petty continues to draw inspiration from, Petty's ever-evolving artistry within a three-minute song, and the influence on his own creativity.