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All or Nothin'

The Tom Petty Project

06-12-2023 • 24 mins

“You could almost take Mike [Campbell] for granted, because anything you asked him to do, he did it. And more. I don’t remember ever throwing anything his way that he couldn’t do. He could do it, and do it better than you thought. He will give you back your idea better than you had it in the first place. THAT’S a great musician.” - Tom Petty

The implication I’ve always taken from the abrupt ending is that in this conversation about all or nothing, this final act of musical vandalism is the protagonist choosing nothing, instead of all. It’s a perfect way to end this song and what an incredible way to end side one of the record!

Today’s episode covers the last song on side one of "Into The Great Wide Open". "All or Nothin'".

You can listen to the song here:

Here is the live version from 1991:

And if you want to hear Annie Lennox joining Tom and Bob Dylan on stage, you can hear that here:

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All music, including the theme song, provided by my very best friend Randy Woods. Check him out at

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A last very special thanks to Paul Zollo. Without his book, Conversations with Tom Petty, this podcast wouldn't be nearly as much fun to research.

Producer: Kevin Brown

Executive Producer: Paul Roberts

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