New Book Announcement

Author Marty Jourard was a member of Road Turkey, a band which included Heartbreaker Stan Lynch. He later became a member of the music group The Motels and still tours with them.
Jourard has written two other books before publishing Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town. 

Music Everywhere is about Gainesville, Florida during the 60s and 70s.
This book will likely give interesting insight into the city and its music scene, which includes the Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Benmont Tench group Mudcrutch.

The 224 page book will be available on April 11th, 2016.
It can now be pre-ordered through Amazon via the link above.

Fans of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch will appreciate the unique insight into the musical era of Gainesville’s history.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: University Press of Florida (April 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813062586
ISBN-13: 978-0813062587

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Tom Petty: The Enigma
By Matthew Beaton
Gainesville Today — August 2011

Buster Lipham, owner of Lipham Music, recalled the last time Petty visited his store. It was about 15 years ago.

“He had a straw hat on; he had his hair pulled down, kind of in front of his face,” Lipham said.

After finishing with a customer, Lipham approached his old friend and former employee, but Petty’s security guard intervened, placing a large hand on his chest.

“(Petty) said, ‘This is my body guard’; I said, ‘You don’t need a bodyguard in Lipham Music Company’; he says, ‘Well, Buster, he goes with me wherever I go… they pull at my hair; they pull at my clothes,’” Lipham recalled.

So he invited Petty back to his office for some privacy. They entered the room; Lipham shut the door, but it was immediately pushed open by Petty’s muscle. Lipham was incredulous. “It was weird,” he said.

Flashback to the young Petty. Marty Jourard knew him well. His band Road Turkey often opened for Petty’s Mudcrutch from 1973-1974. Stan Lynch, of Road Turkey, would later join the Heartbreakers.

One night, while taping a radio commercial, the bands realized they shared a similar sense of humor–really sarcastic and ironic, Jourard said. That bonding forged a friendship that remained as they played together, and slowly, Petty began to differentiate himself.

“You knew there was something going on with Petty at the time because of his songs,” Jourard said. “It wasn’t like he was this phenomenal singer or showman; I mean, you know, he was just a regular old hippie; we all were.”

At the time, Jourard said, “he was writing five, six, eight originals that sounded great.”

That made him unique because very few others were writing songs. Members of these bands were like siblings then; they were constantly mocking each other–all in good spirit.

“We would make fun of the way Petty would aim the mike down when he would sing,” he said. “We’d just goof on him.”

Showing his talent for leadership, Petty had assembled Mudcrutch. “He was really good at organizing…  he was a main guy in Gainesville,” Jourard said.

As a rocker though, his trim physique could work to his detriment. “He was one of the guys… that was getting hassled by rednecks and big football player dudes,” Jourard said.

Now he has his own football player dude.

But where does he fit into the pantheon of great rock ‘n’ roll artists?

William McKeen, a rock historian and journalism professor at Boston University, sees Petty as a traditionalist.