Warren Zanes

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Warren Zanes is an American musician and writer. Zanes has been the executive director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation since 2008.[1] Zanes is a former member of the band The Del Fuegos.[2]

Zanes's 2003 book Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis about Dusty Springfield's 1969 album Dusty in Memphis was published by Bloomsbury as part of their 33 1/3 series of books on classic albums. Petty read the book on Dusty in Memphis twice and invited Zanes to dinner; the book would later inspire Petty to write the song "Down South" from his 2006 album Highway Companion.[1] Zanes interviewed Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Jeff Lynne, George Martin, and Klaus Voorman for Martin Scorsese's 2011 documentary on George Harrison, George Harrison: Living in the Material World.[1]

Zanes's authorized biography of Petty, Petty: The Biography, was published in 2015.[3]


  • Petty: The Biography (Henry Holt & Company, 2015) ISBN 9780805099683
  • Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records, the First Fifty Years (Chronicle Books, 2009) ISBN 9780811866286
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (Chronicle Books, 2007) ISBN 9780811862011
  • Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis (Bloomsbury, 2003) ISBN 9780826414922


  1. ^ a b c "Montclair author and educator Warren Zanes creates new musical life for himself". Inside Jersey. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (25 March 2006). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 48. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ "Tom Petty's Biographer Looks Back on Their 30-Year Friendship". Rolling Stone. 5 October 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2017.

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