In Florida, college students will soon be able to take a course that solely revolves around the late beloved rock star Tom Petty.
That’s right, the University of Florida announced a one-credit course coming this fall that’s all about Tom Petty, according to the Gainesville Sun.
In the course, just one book will be read: “Petty: The Biography,” by Warren Zanes. The class, which shares the same name as the book, is part of the honors program’s “(un)common reads” one-credit classes that meet once a week in which students read and discuss a particular book.
Students will read a chapter or two each week, analyze some of Petty’s lyrics, and take field trips around Gainesville to learn more about the beloved rock star.
Petty was born and raised in the city and often returned to his hometown with his band the Heartbreakers to perform at the university’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Journalism professor Clay Calvert is teaching the class, which will fit up to 15 students. Calvert told the Sun that he thinks students will be interested in reading about the beloved musician following Petty’s October death and his start in Gainesville.
“There are probably a lot of students who aren’t familiar with him or his music,” he said.
Calvert said the book covers all aspects of Petty’s life, including the highs and lows, as well as local music history.