WUFT 89.1/90.1 Morning Edition host, Glenn Richards, speaks with musician, educator, & Tom Petty biographer Warren Zanes about his appearance at the UF College of Journalism and Communications’ Great Storytellers event happening Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gannett Auditorium in Weimer Hall.
Zanes will be discussing his intimate biography of Tom Petty, the New York Times Bestseller and one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Best Music Books of 2015. Interviewing Zanes at the event will be journalism Professor Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project. Calvert is teaching a course based on Zanes’ book, Petty: The Biography, this semester.
Warren Zanes has written several other music-related books and consulted on the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and the recent PBS series, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music.
Zanes holds a PhD in visual and cultural studies from the University of Rochester and was Vice President of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and executive director of Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.
Warren Zanes met Tom Petty when his band, The Del Fuegos, opened for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for three months in 1987. He returned to recording in in the 2000’s and his recently completed fourth solo album is called, The Biggest Bankrupt City in the World!