On November 9, 1976, an album containing two of the most widely beloved and unavoidable rock radio staples ever recorded was released, and nearly a year went by before anyone noticed. It’s not that the music was difficult or short on power-pop hooks or songs about rockin’—all the elements that later made Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers one of America’s most agreeable and enduring music institutions were clear and present on the band’s self-titled debut.
Petty aged into "dad-rock" on the earlier side—and saved listeners the angst of an indulgent mid-career experimental phase. The first time Tom Petty died yesterday, before the LAPD and several news outlets retracted their initial confirmation of the singer's death by cardiac arrest, the immediate reaction was one of shock—but on a day full of outrage and heated debate over an unthinkable massacre, it also marked an oddly welcome consensus.
The following remembrance was written in the days following Amy Winehouse’s death on July 23, 2011. To mark the anniversary of her passing, we’ve republished this piece along with SPIN’s cover story on Winehouse, which originally ran in the magazine’s July 2007 issue. It’s inevitable, really, that we’d eventually choke a bit on the rock mythology that’s been crammed down our collective throats for most of our lives.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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