Megan Volpert

Hello you lot! I mentioned on social media that this episode would be slightly delayed and that turns out to be correct, but thankfully I’m still getting it posted up on a Wednesday for you!

I switched gears a little and decided to publish a conversation I had last week with Megan Volpert, whose new book, Straight Into Darkness, Tom Petty as Rock Mystic is available right now at fine retailers everywhere as well as online.

You can find her book here (use 08STRAIGHT to receive a 30% discount!):

and here

Follow Megan on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @MeganVolpert and do check out her extensive body of work on her website at

Also, check out the excellent arricle, which we talked a little about, that she wrote shortly after Tom’s death in 2017:

WARNING: There are one or two instances of profanity in this episode.

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