Like Mailer, Dylan is an artist who intended to do something in advance of conventional movies—more poetic, more ‘true’—yet Renaldo and Clara, like Mailer’s Wild 90, Beyond the Law and Maidstone, is marked by an absence of artistic intelligence. The picture hasn’t been thought out in terms of movement or a visual plan.
In the following interview, Tom Petty talks, in a genteel drawl, about his solo album, Full Moon Fever, his songwriting process, his relationships with collaborators old and new, and the quality of his life these days.
At the dawn of the 1970s, a young Florida band had plausible dreams of making it big. “We were better than anyone else,” recalls their bassist, Tom Petty, of his doomed first band, Mudcrutch. Now, though, he has reunited this mix of Heartbreakers and guitar teachers for a long-awaited turn in the spotlight.
Playboy sent freelance writer Rob Tannenbaum to interview the last of the big rock bands. He found that although the band members were out of touch with one another during the hiatus, they were not out of one another’s minds.
Bassist Doug Wimbish of Living Colour - ULU, London, England October 01 2017. Photograph by Alberto Piroddi / albephoto.com