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Photo of The Week – Tom Petty

Tommy Petty – Photo of The Week 

Tom Petty, behind console while recording “Damn The Torpedoes” LP.  This timeless photo shows Tom Petty doing what he liked to do best, create great music that connected with people.  A rebel and a hopeless romantic, Petty embraced the purest traditions of rock while energizing his sound with swagger and punk aggression.  Petty is in the studio when Joel Bernstein was able to capture this now iconic photo.  Bernstein was in the right place at the right time and captured Petty beautifully. 

Damn The Torpedoes

This particular recording session is for the band’s third album Damn The Torpedoes.  It is also the album that jumpstarts Petty and the Heartbreakers into commercial success.  After dealing with issues with their labels and recordings early on, this album was all that Petty and company needed to get the angst out.  With Don’t Do Me Like That and the rebellious rocker Refugee, gaining them two stateside hits that penetrated the Top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 there was no stopping this band.  

Rolling Stone Magazine

The critics quickly championed the band’s cause, with Rolling Stone’s influential five-star review even declaring the record to be the Tom Petty album “we’ve all been waiting for”.  

About the photographer:

Joel Bernstein is an acclaimed photographer whose work, spans more than three decades. He chronicles the lives and public moments of some of the most important singer-songwriters, performers and musicians of our time. They include Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Prince, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Tom Petty and many others.  For more information on this photographer and the iconic people he has worked with check out his web-site.

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