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  1. I appreciate anyone who wishes to buy the book at all—be it the print copy or the ebook. It would be nice if fans didn't buy used copies from eBay or similar outlets though (authors don't get royalties on those types of sales). However, if it's the only way to get your hands on the book, go for it.
  2. Well, in the category of the author is always the last to know, the U.S. release of the print version of Tom Petty: Rock 'n' Roll Guardian has been pushed back (though you can buy the ebook now). The publisher is a small independent imprint called Omnibus Press and they are based out of the UK. They decided to give the U.S. distribution rights to Overlook Press (a US-based publisher) who may have a better chance of getting into stores, etc. Overlook decided to move the publication date to October with its other Fall releases. So, that's what's going on there. The publishing process can be mystifying sometimes!
  3. I'm glad you're enjoying the book! It's nice that the Kindle version is out already. However, it's news to me if the paperback version has been delayed. The book went on sale in Europe in February and, according to my publisher, it's still slated to be available in the United States in May. I'll call my editor on Monday to find out why Amazon changed the on sale date. That's so odd!
  4. Hi everyone, My publisher (who's based in the UK) just told me that Amazon and other US outlets aren't pre-ordering the book to arrive in their warehouses by the UK publication date of February 2014. Anyone that orders the book from a US vendor will wait -- possibly a few months -- before it arrives. For example, Amazon isn't promising the book until May 1. Grrr. I'm disappointed that the book won't be released simultaneously but it's one of those things that I don't have control over. If you pre-ordered from Amazon, I believe you can cancel if you want to order from a different store that may get the book sooner. I wish I had more specific details but I'm being told the book will get to the United States "when it gets here." Andrea
  5. Thanks, everyone! Yes, I'm the author of Tom Petty: Rock 'n' Roll Guardian and, according to my editor, the book will be released on February 10, 2014. Omnibus Press UK is the publisher so those of you in Europe will probably receive your book faster than those of us here in the United States. The description on Amazon is wrong and I'm working to get it fixed now, but here's a brief explanation of what the book is about (there's a nice black & white photo section in it, too): Tom Petty may be one of rock’n’roll’s preeminent artists today—having sold more than 60-million records—but his rise to superstardom was never a foregone conclusion. His band Mudcrutch was a household name in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida, in the mid-1970s, but the band self-destructed just months after moving to Los Angeles in search of a record deal. Tom Petty and former Mudcrutch alums Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench then regrouped with Gainesville ex-pats Stan Lynch and Ron Blair to form Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in 1976. The new group fought to build an audience only to endure conflict with the record label, which caused Petty to go bankrupt before emerging from a scathing lawsuit with the sweeping anthems—‘Refugee’ and ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’—that catapulted the band’s third album Damn The Torpedoes to multi-Platinum status. Tom Petty: Rock ‘n’ Roll Guardian is the first intimate portrait of one of the most enduring figures on rock’n’roll’s world stage. Petty is the ultimate underdog that made good and his honest approach to the craft of songwriting has brought him the respect of music industry insiders and fans alike. The soundtrack of many lives wouldn’t be nearly as rich without Tom Petty’s enduring body of work. Songs like ‘American Girl’, ‘Listen To Her Heart’, ‘The Waiting’, ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Learning to Fly’ resonate with individuals from all walks of life because what Petty sings about – love won or lost and overcoming hardship – is essential to just about everyone’s journey in life. Over the years, Petty has redefined the future of American music by giving a nod to rock’n’roll’s forbearers while building on the very foundation they laid years ago. Tom Petty’s compelling catalog illuminates the fact that he is now—and will forever be—rock’n’roll’s true guardian.
  6. Thanks for all the kind words, everyone! It's funny how the twists and turns in life work. This was an unexpected project but I guess it came to me when it did for a reason. TomPetty1976, my scrapbook collection has been a point of consternation throughout my marriage. I've got a closet full of TPATH stuff and every now and then my husband would be like, "Why in the world are saving all that stuff?!" At least now I can say I used it for something work-related! LOL!
  7. Ah! Someone saw news about my forthcoming book! I’d be happy to tell you a bit more about it. As some of you already know, I previously worked for Omnibus Press in their U.S. office. I was the editor that acquired Paul Zollo’s excellent book, Conversations with Tom Petty. It was a pleasure working with Paul on that title. I’ve worked for a different publisher for the past five years or so (and mainly write about travel for Fodors.com), but I’ve kept in contact with the team at Omnibus. When they wanted to acquire a Tom Petty biography, they called me. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and the publisher is quite familiar with my in-depth knowledge of the history of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. They figured I was the right person for the job. To be honest, my first instinct was to say no to the project. Conversations is a terrific book and the four-hour-long Runnin’ Down a Dream documentary is awesome. Those two sources alone provide a TON of information for fans. Still, as my publisher pointed out, no Tom Petty biography exists. (Conversations is just that: a collection of conversations about Petty’s life and then a lot of information on his songwriting. Paul collaborated directly with Tom on that book and it was “official”. Mine is an unofficial bio that looks at Petty’s life from a objective point of view.) I signed the contract for the book last spring, spent my summer vacation seeing the band in Europe (Paris and Italy), and then began writing. The project ended up being a godsend in a strange way. Some of you know that I’d been caring for my elderly parents for several years. In September, my father passed away after a long and difficult illness. A month later my mother became ill herself and passed shortly thereafter. It was incredibly tough. While writing a book during such an emotional time period was enormously challenging, I think it kept me sane throughout those first few months without my parents. The other nice thing about this project was that it gave me the chance to go through dozens of scrapbooks I’ve made over the years that contain newspaper and magazine clippings about the band as well as all the ticket stubs for their concerts. A nice way to re-live all those fantastic concerts! (My all-time favorite TPATH concerts include two nights at Great Woods with Bob Dylan in 1986, my first Petty concert at Madison Square Garden in 1987, the Irving Plaza shows in 1999, The Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas in 2001, and, most recently, the 2012 shows in Paris and Lucca, Italy.) Since the publisher of Tom Petty: Rock 'n' Roll Guardian is from the UK, the book will be released there in mid-October 2013 and exported everywhere else. You will be able to order a copy from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or from your local bookstore. The book's ISBN for ordering purposes is 978-1780387420. I haven’t yet seen the book jacket cover art, but I’ll share that when I do. Andrea PS - Of course, just as I hit "post" on this message I got an email from my editor. They are moving the publication date of the book from October 2013 to February 2014, so we'll all have to wait a few extra months to see the book in stores.
  8. Ah, I wanted to be on Mike's side but we're on the other end. I'll make the best of it! LOL! I'm really exited for this show. The end of 2012 was really, really tough and I'm slowly getting back to normal. I'm hoping I'll be feeling great by the time the band rolls into town!
  9. That's fantastic, Beth! For which night? Len and I are in the front row for the Monday concert. I hope to see you there!
  10. For the Beacon Theatre, the most affordable tickets were in the upper balcony. Not bad seats for the price. $59 + $15.20 in fees = $72.20 per ticket $104 + $18.10 in fees = $122.10 per ticket $135 + $21.35 in fees = $156.25 per ticket The premium ticket packages were $394 per ticket. What I don't get is why the fees are different at different price points. And, seriously, why is the fee so high? These prices are understandable in markets like New York City and L.A. where incomes are generally higher than the average. Still, these prices make it hard for many people to swing it. If you buy $100 tickets and take someone, you're looking at a pricey evening when you include parking, tolls, (or the train/bus/subway) and dinner in the city.
  11. The Beacon presale worked for me! I didn't receive my invitation and code until 9:55 but luck was on my side and I got front row center! Phew! Now I can get back to work. This was the fastest presale ever. Clicked the link, punched in the code, and had front row seats on the first draw. Yay!
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    I totally agree. For $250 per ticket, I wouldn't want to commit unless the seats were in the first few rows (1–4 would be my personal limit). I don't think I'll go to any of the U.S. shows. I'd love to do Ft. Myers but I've already got the Europe shows to look forward to. I think I'll leave it at that. The timing of things worked out so well since we were already going to be in Paris the week of the TPATH show. I'm chalking it up to karma and will stick to the Paris and Zurich shows only. (Unless, of course, they add an NYC show.)
  13. AndreaRH

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    I bought tickets for both Zurich and Paris. Zurich is will call and the Paris tickets were sent to me. I received them two days after the presale! I did not check on the ticket minimums.
  14. Thanks, Marion! Len and I are really looking forward to the show! We decided to add a visit to Zurich to our trip so I bought tickets for Hallenstadion yesterday. What a difference from the Paris onsale! Right at 10am Zurich time I hit the ticket site and the first pair I was offered was 2nd row center. I had a ticket confirmation one minute later and went back to bed. Phew! Later that day I rebooked our flights (flying on award points so it's pretty flexible) and took care of the Zurich hotel. Now we just have to wait until June! I hope to get to a U.S. show but unless the band announces some additional dates, I don't know if it's possible. Maybe the Fort Myers show. We'll see. Have a great day everyone!
  15. I got tickets for the Paris show this morning! I got up at 3:45am to get ready for the 4am (10am Paris time) presale. I couldn't get to the ticket page until 4:10 and then I went through several aggravating times of getting tickets in my cart and then having the site die on me. I even got all the way to the payment page with a pair of 6th row center orchestra seats but when I hit "confirm payment," the site said my cart was empty! I really wanted to cry but I kept trying and at 5:20am (11:20am Paris time) I was able to get two Orchestra seats in row J. I was so relieved! We already had plans to be in Paris that week so getting these seats was important to me. I'd be so sad if I knew the band was playing in the same city I was and I couldn't get in! I wanted to crawl back to bed for a few minutes but one of my dogs took my spot and I cannot get him to move! Oh well, I have to leave for work at 6:30 anyway. I hope everyone else trying for today's batch of tickets got lucky!
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