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Tom Petty: had his demons but his friendships were fierce Pic: Sam Jones

Tom Petty's brilliant songs captured the confusion and pain, as well as the joy, of living. They were, as his daughter said this week, 'real American art'

Tom Petty wasn’t the kind of artist who looked for boundless adoration from his fans. He didn’t preach from the stage, with his hands held aloft, like a Patti Smith type carrying a message from the gods. He didn’t preen or pontificate. He wasn’t self-consciously arty.

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