My Review :
There are times when a book, movie or song moves you so much that the need to share it with everyone is overwhelming. In Jon Scott’s case, it was an album from a relatively unknown band that caught his attention. This began a forty-year relationship chronicled in Tom Petty and Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty.
In 1977, Scott was just hired as the national head of album promotions for ABC Records. While reaching into a closet for his coat, a record with no identifying factors fell out. Determined to get a chance to break the band, Scott approached his boss, Charlie Minor. He learned it was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by the band of the same name released eight months before with little success. In return, he was given six weeks and no budget. The rest is history.
The book details the friendship between Scott and Petty – from the heated first meeting backstage at the Whisky a Go Go and traveling coast-to-coast on tour to exchanging notes by way of the latest technology (facsimile) and holiday parties with loved ones. The stories shared within the pages are heartfelt and sometimes emotional but stays true to telling a story of grit and determination.
Tom Petty and Me is a great read for fans of this American treasure, anyone with a love for rock and roll, or people curious about the inner workings of the recording industry. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and read it in a few hours. Be sure to check out Jon Scott’s website tompettyandme.com to purchase an autographed book and bonus features.
Buy Tom Petty And Me: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventures with Tom Petty here: Amazon
Book Description :
Tom Petty And Me is a new book by Jon Scott, Tom’s friend for 40 years. Jon has been credited with “breaking” the career of this ‘iconic’ rock n roller. This book is an inside look of a former deejay, turned Promotion Man, who met Tom when he was about to be dropped by his record label, ABC Records. Through many serendipitous moments, Jon appeared at the right time to help get Tom’s first album played on the radio and changed the careers of both men. Tom’s first album had been out for eight months .when Jon arrived on the scene. The rest is history! At Tom’s final concert at The Hollywood Bowl, Tom dedicated “I Won’t Back Down” to Jon, as a testament to Jon’s help in establishing his career back in 1977.