Straight Into Darkness: Tom Petty as Rock Mystic


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University of Georgia Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.42 inches | 0.52 pounds

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About the Author

MEGAN VOLPERT is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Kennesaw State University and a fellow at the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. She is a frequent contributor to PopMatters and has written or edited more than a dozen books, including Boss Broad, which won a Georgia Author of the Year Award. She lives in Decatur, Georgia.


Megan Volpert's adventures with that single recording are a reminder that, first, we always have more to say about the very best music and, second, that we should take the time to get it out there. I'm glad she's done it. This volume is a unique entry in the literature dedicated to one of rock and roll's truest voices.--Warren Zanes "author of Petty: The Biography"
A detailed and literate analysis and examination, never pedantic or arcane, but somehow open, accessible, witty and attractive-like the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which you will never hear in the same way again.--Joel Selvin "author of Altamont"
Megan Volpert has set out to fill the Gibson-shaped hole in the hearts of Tom Pettyologists everywhere with this deep dive into America's most understated guitar rock icon.--Alina Simone "author of Madonnaland"
Tom Petty was one of the great American songwriters whose work deserves to be broken down and examined thoughtfully and with the same passion he delivered every lyric with. Megan Volpert has done just that and more, mixing just the right amount of academic rigor and total Petty obsessive in this illuminating book.--Jason Diamond "author of Searching for John Hughes"
Volpert delivers a series of touching, true, and sometimes hilarious retellings of her experiences at Petty concerts and, finally, offers four compelling arguments (liturgies, if you will) as to why all of this matters so damned much. It makes sense. And it works. If rock 'n' roll has ever moved you profoundly, you'll totally get it--and be moved by it.-- "Stomp and Stammer"
If you're a real Petty fan, this is a required book.--Jason Hedges, frontman for Heavy Petty, Gainesville
Assuming the role of musicologist, historian, philosopher, music theorist, psychologist, and story-teller, Volpert expertly plunges deep into the artistry of a four-minute wonder of a song.Straight Into Darkness?illuminates the truths and myths of a culture, a band, a man, and their lasting impact on generations of listeners. If you are a Petty fan, a student of rock and roll, or examiner of the human condition, this is a must-read.--Steve Luthye, keyboardist for Petty Theft, Dallas