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Archived Interview with Tom Petty Birthday Bash Organizer, Jason Hedges

Six months after Glenn Richards’ conversation with Jason Hedges about his band’s debut album, Jason (also frontman of the Petty tribute band, Heavy Petty) would be organizing a concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Gainesville’s Tom Petty, who passed away unexpectedly on October 2nd. Two years later, that original event – held over what would have been Petty’s 67th birthday – has grown into the Tom Petty Birthday Weekend featuring multiple events across the city including two music festivals.

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100 Stories From WUFT That Kept You Informed In 2018

Corrine Brown began her prison sentence, Alachua County and Gainesville leaders squabbled over seemingly every issue large and small, and six weeks into the new year, the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland changed much about what was to unfold. It was a busy year in local and statewide Florida …

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Tom Petty Biographer Warren Zanes to Speak at UF

On speaking at UF Zanes said, “When the call comes from Gainesville, I pick up, because you can’t tell the Tom Petty story without going to Gainesville. It’s a special place.” On Tom Petty's untimely death: "“I didn’t think Jerry Lee Lewis was still going to be alive and Tom Petty wasn’t going to be here. I was just looking forward to those records...."

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