Phillippine Daily Inquirer — July 3, 2006

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Tom Petty opens closet
Phillippine Daily Inquirer — July 3, 2006

CLEVELAND — It’s not often a rock star opens up his bedroom closet to the world. Tom Petty did and the resutls are on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fae and Museum, which is showcasing Petty and the Heartbreakers in an exhibit that opened Friday.

When representatives from the Rock Hall visited Petty’s Spanish-style ranch in Malibu, California, in April looking for artifacts, he invited them into his bedroom, then into his rather sizable closet.

Petty pulled out a flowered shirt he wore in the video for his biggest chart hit, “Free Fallin’,” and the gray jacket he wore as a member of the esteemed Traveling Wilburys. He also produced a nylon bag of notebooks filled with handwritten lyrics.

“We left his house pinching ourselves,” said curator Howard Kramer.

The exhibit includes a montage of the band’s videos, including the psychedelic, “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired “Don’t Come Around Here No More.” Petty’s oversized hat from his “The Mad Hatter” role is a permanent part of the museum’s collection.

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