Readers Recommend is to close – so says Michael Hann

According to Michael, ten years is quite long enough and RR needs to quit while it’s ahead. If you disagree you can email Michael on but all you’ll get is an out-of-office reply saying he won’t be back till Jan 4. Ha!


On the offchance that he’ll look at Twitter, I’ve tweeted him with the hashtag #saveReadersRecommend – he’s @MichaelAHann


There are some very affecting tributes – especially the ones from the newer people – on the blog at the moment. Go and have a look, and add yours.

The Liverpool social, October 15 2015


The minstrel known as sonofwebcore

First of all – an apology (especially to swawilg, who I know will be disappointed). My attempts at filming sonofwebcore’s singing and playing by the Mersey – and Chris7572’s additions – failed miserably. My excuse is that I have a new camera and I hadn’t practised using the video function beforehand…but the film I made on my phone didn’t work either, so perhaps it was a Liver bird jinx of some kind.

A Liver bird looking disapproving

A Liver bird looking disapproving

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Buried Christmas treasure

christmas small
I recently received an early Christmas present in the shape of a pen drive loaded with the entire Buried Treasure back catalogue, and as Tom Petty’s radio programme is currently in its eighth season and there are 24-5 programmes per season with 20 or so tracks per programme you better believe that’s a fair old amount of music. I’m currently listening my way through Season Two and I came across this Christmas show which I thought you people might like. He does play two of his own recordings, which isn’t usual, but those of you who don’t like TP&TH can always skip those.

Happy Christmas!

1 Theme Song
2 I Feel OK – Detroit Junior
3 Merry Christmas, Baby – Otis Redding
4 Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
5 Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas – Staples Singers
6 Silver Bells – Booker T and the MGs
7 White Christmas – Otis Redding
8 Tom’s Mailbag
9 Christmas Comes But Once A Year – Albert King
10 Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley
11 Merry Christmas – Lightnin’ Hopkins
12 Santa Claus Baby – The Voices
13 Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Sir Mack Rice
14 The Christmas Song – King Curtis
15 Run, Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry
16 Red Rooster – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
17 Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter
18 Happy New Year – Lightnin’ Hopkins
19 Christmas Song – The Chipmunks
20 Feels Like Christmas – Al Greene
21 Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/
Auld Lang Syne – Jimi Hendrix
22 Jingle Bells – Booker T and the MGs

Happy birthday, TP!

American Gothic

It’s Tom Petty’s birthday today – he’s 63 – and I thought you’d like to see this painting of him and Dylan in American Gothic mode. I don’t know who it’s by; it just popped up on the Facebook Tom Petty Friends page the other day. Here’s a clip of Tom’n’Bob in 1987.

And talking of the Tom Petty Friends, I’m pleased to say that the birthday video they’ve made this year includes me! So once TP wakes up and looks at Twitter he’ll be able to see me, his devoted fan, wishing him a happy birthday. (Well, perhaps.)

Also, this Lego version of the band appeared on the other day…

Lego TP&TH

Where do you get Lego guitars, I’d like to know? Anyway – have a happy TP birthday, everybody!

Love is a long road

The Beacon Theatre, New York City

The Beacon Theatre, New York City, photo by Andy Tennille

When I heard that the tickets for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 5-night run at the 2,800-seater Beacon Theatre in Manhattan were to be allocated by lottery, I thought I might as well have a go. It proved to be an expensive decision. To win didn’t mean you got a free ticket – what you won was an opportunity to buy a ticket. Well, I won twice and I’m not going to tell you how much the whole thing cost – because, to be honest, I don’t know and I don’t want to know.

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