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Author: Michael Washburn
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. ©2019
Series: 33 1/3.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By 1985 Tom Petty had already obtained legendary status. He had fame. He had money. But he was restless, hoping to stretch his artistry beyond the confining format of songs like The Waiting and Refugee. Initially conceiving a concept album about the American South, Petty, mired in excess and indulgence, lost the thread of the concept, then entirely jettisoned his ambitions for a concept record. In frustration Petty  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Washburn, Michael, 1974- author.
Southern accents
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
(DLC) 2019010181
Named Person: Tom Petty
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Washburn
ISBN: 9781501333460 1501333461 9781501333477 150133347X
OCLC Number: 1084251626
Description: 1 online resource (127 pages).
Contents: Track Listing Introduction Down South Who Did You Expect to Meet? Southern Accents Rebels Born in the CSA Free Fallin' The Best of Everything Acknowledgements --
Endnotes
Series Title: 33 1/3.
Responsibility: Michael Washburn.

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By 1985 Tom Petty had already obtained legendary status. He had fame. He had money. But he was restless, hoping to stretch his artistry beyond the confining format of songs like The Waiting and Refugee. Initially conceiving a concept album about the American South, Petty, mired in excess and indulgence, lost the thread of the concept, then entirely jettisoned his ambitions for a concept record. In frustration Petty broke his hand while trying to mix the record, casting doubt on his ability to ever play guitar gain. The result is a hodgepodge of classic rock songs mixed with nearly unlistenable second-rate 80s music. While touring for the album, Petty made use of the iconography of the American Confederacy, aligning himself with portions of his audience he did not feel in sync with. Still, despite its artistic failure, Southern Accents was a pivot point for Petty. Reeling from the defeat, Petty reinvented himself as a Californian, obtaining his biggest success with Full Moon Fever. Michael Washburn explores the history of Southern Accents and how it sparked Petty's reinvention. Washburn explores the flawed idea of using romantic notions of American South as a basis for art and identity and opens up an examination of the southernization of America.

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Michael Washburn, in his first book, [Tom Petty's Southern Accents] argues that we can glean significant cultural understanding from [Tom] Petty's failure. * LA Review of Books * This is a great read Read more...

 
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