The Tom Petty Documentary You Need To Watch

The news of Tom Petty's death struck us like a punch to the gut.

He was without a doubt one of the great rock 'n roll originals, a man who lived by his own rules and with his own code, and a man who would not back down.

From humble roots playing keg parties in Central Florida to headlining the biggest stages in the world, Tom Petty and his friends in the Heartbreakers never lost that feeling of being regular guys, of connecting with the audience and having their feet firmly planted on the ground. 

To honor Tom and his passing, we're going back to watch the great and definitive documentary, Runnin' Down A Dream.

Unlike most music documentaries which are directed by music video directors, this film was directed by the award-winning filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich.

Highlights include his early years kicking around Gainesville while putting the band together, plus there's a long section about the band's breakthrough album, Damn The Torpedoes

Tom was such a great storyteller, and this movie is full of incredible stories about everything from Tom's knock-down-drag-out fight with record company MCA, to his time playing with idols George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison in the Traveling Wilburys 

Here's the trailer:

It's also a whopping 4 hours long! Which means it's everything you ever wanted to know about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, plus a whole lot more.

Like you, we're heartbroken and can't believe Tom is gone. RIP Tom Petty, you are irreplaceable and will be forever missed. 

6 comments

  • Sandi
    Sandi Hamilton ohio
    He will be missed so sad rip tom you and gregg can play together with the great ones that went before.may you all rip

    He will be missed so sad rip tom you and gregg can play together with the great ones that went before.may you all rip

  • Betty Fekete
    Betty Fekete Redondo Beach
    I saw TP in concert twice. Excellent show both times. He will be missed💕

    I saw TP in concert twice. Excellent show both times. He will be missed💕

  • Bo Deboer
    Bo Deboer Colorado
    Forever missed...so down to earth..#legend

    Forever missed...so down to earth..#legend

  • Caroline F
    Caroline F Wamego ,Ks
    Tom Petty you were among the best to grace us with your music your voice and all the love you had for your fans you were truly one of a kind and I will miss you thanks for the memories

    Tom Petty you were among the best to grace us with your music your voice and all the love you had for your fans you were truly one of a kind and I will miss you thanks for the memories

  • Terri Jones
    Terri Jones Colorado
    Punch in the gut is aptly worded for Tom's death as was alter Becker's passing.

    Punch in the gut is aptly worded for Tom's death as was alter Becker's passing.

  • Harvey Knipfel
    Harvey Knipfel Escanaba MICHIGAN
    R.I.P. YOU WHERE ONE OF KIND. YOU WHERE REAL.THAT WHY YOUR SHOWS AND MUSIC WAS SO UNIQUE. YOUR MUSIC MEANS SO MUCH TO ME.I HEAR ONE OF YOUR SONGS AND IT TAKES ME BACK TO SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE PAST.NOW YOU ARE ON THE BIGGEST STAGE OF ALL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU IN HAVEN. BUT UNTIL THAN MY FRIEND R.I.P. YOU WILL BE SADLY MISS FOR SURE. BUT YOU LEFT US YOUR MUSIC TO Remember you and your very special unique voice that separated you from the rest Thank you so much for the memories you will sadly be missed

    R.I.P. YOU WHERE ONE OF KIND. YOU WHERE REAL.THAT WHY YOUR SHOWS AND MUSIC WAS SO UNIQUE. YOUR MUSIC MEANS SO MUCH TO ME.I HEAR ONE OF YOUR SONGS AND IT TAKES ME BACK TO SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE PAST.NOW YOU ARE ON THE BIGGEST STAGE OF ALL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU IN HAVEN. BUT UNTIL THAN MY FRIEND R.I.P. YOU WILL BE SADLY MISS FOR SURE. BUT YOU LEFT US YOUR MUSIC TO Remember you and your very special unique voice that separated you from the rest Thank you so much for the memories you will sadly be missed

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