Warren Zanes

Johanna Lawshea

Warren Zanes holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester. He was a member of the Del Fuegos, and continues to record music. His writing has appeared in the Oxford American. He has served as a Vice President. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is currently the Executive Director of Little Steve Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Zanes’s latest book is Petty: The Biography (Henry Holt and Co.), an exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty. Tom Petty’s story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Now in his mid-sixties, still making records and still touring, Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with Warren Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage. This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from “American Girl” and “Refugee” to “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and for those who want to see the classic rock and roll era embodied in one man’s remarkable story.