In Florida you can study a Tom Petty course for college credit

music news 05/02/2018

In Florida students will soon be able to take a course revolving around the late beloved rock star Tom Petty.

The University of Florida announced a one-credit course coming that’s all about Tom Petty, according to the Gainesville Sun.

In the course only one book will be read: “Petty: The Biography,” by Warren Zanes.

The class, which shares the same name as the book, is part of the honors program’s “(un)common reads”.

Students will read a chapter or two each week, analyse some of his lyrics, and take field trips around Gainesville to learn more about Petty.

Petty was born and raised in Gainesville and often returned to his hometown with his band the Heartbreakers to perform at the university’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Journalism professor Clay Calvert is teaching the class. Calvert told the Sun that he thinks students will be interested in reading about the beloved musician following Petty’s October death and his start in Gainesville.

“There are probably a lot of students who aren’t familiar with him or his music,” he said.

Calvert said the book covers all aspects of Petty’s life, including the highs and lows, as well as local music history.

Source: Bradenton Herald