Best Doc You’ve Never Seen

“TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM”

The trailer:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfJ85juqO10%5D

I’m a child of the 1980s, unfortunately, when music was unlistenable. Shame on all you people who view Poison with nostalgia.

I think my family became cable subscribers in 1984 or so. One of the MTV staples in those days — Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5H0wUo37RY%5D

Lord how I hated that video.

The synthesizers, the visuals, it all screamed over-the-top cheese.

It was my first introduction to Tom Petty, as I was a toddler during his late 70s heyday.

My opinion of Petty started to change while I was in college, when I first heard “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” It was hard to deny those tunes.

Later I picked up “Wildflowers,” his CD with Rick Rubin — a masterpiece.

Anyway, even if you’re not into Petty, I highly recommend you see “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” an incredible, 4-hour documentary by legendary filmmaker Peter “The Last Picture Show” Bogdonavich.

That’s right. It is four hours long.

After viewing it twice on the Sundance channel, all I can say is, “Wow.”

Tom Petty is the most underrated artist of all time.

The number of people he’s worked with since the 70s is mind blowing — Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, heck, even Johnny Depp.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VloDYnqZtE%5D

Petty is obviously a guy who has stuck by his guns all these years, as evidenced by this clip, which (about 1 minute in) features what has to be the greatest music industry argument ever captured on film. (Warning: language)

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEdqY31ELjw%5D

For that scene alone, “Runnin’ Down a Dream” is a rock doc that ranks up there with “Gimme Shelter” and “The Last Waltz.” It came out in October 2007. Amazingly, it is not yet available to rent, according to Netflix.

However, you can order it through Best Buy for about 30 bucks.

2 thoughts on “Best Doc You’ve Never Seen

  1. Last Thursday, Southside Johnny returned to the Stone Pony and celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the album, “Hearts of Stone”. South & the Asbury Jukes played 3.5 hours. He’s playing TWO dates at the Ridgefield Playhouse in October. This is the 3rd year he’s been at Ridgefield and has sold out the past 2 years. Indigo Girls are there on July 10th, they are good also.

  2. At one point at the Stone Pony did someone in the audience stand up and shout “WHO THE HELL IS SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND WHAT THE HELL IS A JUKE?”

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