Runnin’ Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Edited by Warren Zanes | Chronicle
Review by Ron Hart
CMJ New Music Monthly — October 2007
Tom Petty already knew that Johnny Thunders had a band called the Heartbreakers before he went ahead and christened his own group with the moniker, which, arguably, is a New York Dolls-worthy punk-rock gesture. This is just one of the insights detailed in Runnin’ Down A Dream, a beautifully bound, photo-heavy coffee table book edited by former Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame VP Del Fuego Warren Zanes as a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary of the same name, which is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (better known to you youngsters at Dr. Melfi’s shrink on The Sopranos). Loaded with tons of great rare photography and memorabilia, killer old magazine covers, handwritten lyrics and other knick-knacks chronicling Petty’s 40-year career as a professional musician (starting with his late-’60s group the Epics), Dream is indeed just that for anyone who holds one of the man’s classic albums close to their heart.