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tom petty’s dream

An hour or 90 minutes at most feels about the right length for a music documentary.

So the prospect of 4 hours may seem, at first glance, more than a little daunting.

When the subject of the film is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – an act whose place in my music library is limited to their ‘Greatest Hits’ – then my first reaction was ‘NO WAY.’

I chanced upon Peter Bogdanovich’s ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’ when it was first shown on UK tv in 2010.

And I’m pleased to report that the 4 hours duration is perfectly judged.

The film’s length is in some ways a metaphor for the band, who’ve had their share of ups and downs along the way and still kept making great music.

Going back a few posts, it puts me in mind of Fleetwood Mac – where the relationships between the members are often tense and difficult, but somehow that only enhances their creativity.

So come the end of a long week, spending 4 hours in front of your tv or computer screen (Friday at 2100 on BBC4) may look like a bad idea.

But it’ll be worth it.

Mr.Petty and his chums have a back catalogue that many artists would love to own.

Which you can hear at Petty’s concerts this summer including two sold out London dates and the Isle of Wight Festival in June.

And, in the connected way we like at this Blog, he’s even found time to collaborate with a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks – Stop Dragging My Heart Around

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Runnin’ Down A Dream

Runnin’ Down A Dream – trailer

Runnin’ Down A Dream – BBC iPlayer

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