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Tom Petty Somewhere You Feel Free (2021)

Drawn from an archive of 16mm film, Tom Petty works on his 1994 album Wildflowers.

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Mary Wharton
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Mike Campbell ... Self
George Drakoulias George Drakoulias ... Self
Howie Epstein Howie Epstein ... Self
Steve Ferrone ... Self
Stan Lynch Stan Lynch ... Self
Adria Petty ... Self
Tom Petty ... Self
Rick Rubin ... Self
Benmont Tench ... Self
Alan 'Bugs' Weidel Alan 'Bugs' Weidel ... Self
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Drawn from an archive of 16mm film, Tom Petty works on his 1994 album Wildflowers.

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wildflowers blooming
19 March 2021 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

SXSW 2021 Greetings again from the darkness. Adria Petty, daughter of the late rock legend, Tom Petty, discovered a stash of 16mm film shot by photographer Martyn Akins between 1993 and 1995. The footage chronicles Petty's recording of his 1994 triple platinum album, "Wildflowers" - the album he considered his best and most personal. The found footage, along with insight and perspective from many who were there, allows us to understand why he felt that way.

Mary Wharton directed multiple episodes of "VH1 Legends", and her expertise with musicians elevates this to must-see for any Tom Petty fan ... or even any songwriter who wants to witness the crafting of songs, and the crafting of a sound. See, this was Petty's first time to work with famed rap producer and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, Rick Rubin. Adria explains what was happening in her father's personal life during this time, and how he wanted something new and different from his work with The Heartbreakers - although most of them worked on this album as well.

In addition to the 27 year old footage, Ms. Wharton includes current day interviews with Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and producer Rubin. Campbell seems mostly bored with the interviews, but Tench spills all his memories. It's really Rubin who brings the most insight and perspective to what Petty was trying to do. The changing of drummers from Stan Lynch to Steve Ferrone is discussed, and we hear Petty explain that he still wants to sing with bassist Howie Epstein. So the songs may sound different, and have special meaning to Petty, many of the musicians are those he was most familiar and comfortable with.

We see rehearsals, recordings, sound checks, and live performances. There are also rare clips of Petty at home. Ms. Wharton provides a unique opportunity to watch an artist at work and how the pieces are assembled to create a masterpiece album that is as strong today as it was on its first release. Tom Petty died in 2017, but lives on in his music, and now in the footage of his musical process.


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17 March 2021 (USA) See more »

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California, USA

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