Tom Petty died of an accidental prescription drug overdose, medical examiner says

An L.A. County medical examiner has ruled that rocker Tom Petty—who died suddenly last October—was killed by an accidental overdose of prescription medication. Per Rolling Stone, Petty’s death has been ruled a “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity,” with a…

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What are you listening to this week? 

My answer to this question this week is the same as it would’ve been last year, and the year before that, in 2014 or 2004: It’s November, so I’m listening to Ben Folds. There are many songs, albums, and artists that I associate with this time of year—“Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple, Ys by Joanna Newsom, the collected works…

Vampires walked through the Valley last night in honor of Tom Petty

Tom Petty probably didn’t mean it literally when he wrote the lyrics, “All the vampires, walking through the Valley / Move west down Ventura Boulevard.” (If we had to guess, he was probably referring either to consumerism or record-company executives.) Still, Petty’s “Free Fallin’” had special significance to Mary…

Here’s Tom Petty closing out his very last concert with “American Girl”

If there’s one thing we can thank the ubiquity of smartphones for it’s stuff like this. Rock legend Tom Petty died unexpectedly last night after a cardiac arrest, an event that was especially shocking since the songwriter had just wrapped up a 53-date 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers last week. Thanks to…

9 of our favorite Tom Petty songs

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers to come around here once more on their 40th anniversary tour

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2017 with a tour as well as two retrospective box sets which will feature all of the band’s studio LPs on 180-gram vinyl. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was thinking this might be the last big one,” Petty explains to Rolling Stone.…

Anthony Hopkins contemplates death in a video for Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch

The entertainment industry has a habit of shoving people out when they reach a certain age and replacing them with hipper, younger versions of themselves. But there’s one thing that older people will always be able to pull off a lot better than young people: The mournful death’s door ballad. Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video…

Natalie Morales is taking The Grinder’s cancellation so well, honestly

Of all the cancellations that arrived at the end of the 2015-16 television season, few were sadder or less deserved than the premature death of Fox’s freshman legal sitcom The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. As it turned out, the show’s seemingly invincible title character was unable defend himself against…

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Petty is a candid, compelling portrait of an elusive rock legend

In spite of numerous hits that have kept him in the rock pantheon since the late ’70s, Tom Petty hasn’t been the subject of a major biography—not counting Peter Bogdanovich’s four-hour documentary from 2007, Runnin’ Down A Dream. Warren Zanes helped put together the book of the same title that accompanied the film (as…

Neil Young doesn’t want that orange-haired jagoff Donald Trump using his music

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Neil Young did not authorize billionaire jagoff Donald Trump to use “Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World,“ a scathing criticism of a regime that doesn’t give a damn about the poor, in Trump’s presidential candidacy announcement. In a official statement from Young’s management…