The Petty Archives

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Style Stars of '81
People -- September 21, 1981

By comparison, 29-year-old Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers is almost tame, dressed down in tattered t-shirts, jeans, sneakers and leather motorcycle gear, all purchased at secondhand stores. Theorizes designer Johnson of the wiry blond-haired, blue-eyed singer-writer: "His hard edges remind me of Jagger and Bowie -- just how a rock star should look."