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Somewhere you feel free: Everything we know about the Tom Petty documentary coming to YouTube Originals

It's a cut-throat world in the land of the streaming giants. With so many avenues to inhale TV and film, streaming services are having to put their best foot forward in terms of content. Luckily for us (and in this case Tom Petty fans), this means that we'll never have to settle when it comes to our next watch. Especially since another huge documentary is on the horizon, with YouTube Originals securing the rights to Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers.

Launching later this year, the documentary plunges into Tom Petty's most fruitful and creative years (between 1993 and 1995), the period he spent making his stripped-back album Wildflowers. Compared to his work with The Heartbreakers, this was a markedly different change of pace to his lean, but nonetheless heavily rock-infused tracks like American Girl and Free Fallin'. Almost four years on since Tom Petty tragically died from an accidental drug overdose, this documentary will be the celebration of Petty's music fans have been longing for.

Included in the documentary is never-before-seen footage, taken on 16mm film, of Petty and his band on tour and recording in his studio. Weaved into the film will also be rare scenes of Petty at home with his family. Helmed by Mary Wharton, the documentary will include interviews with Rick Rubin who co-produced Wildflowers with ex-Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, original member of the Heartbreakers Benmont Tench will also feature in the film.

News of the film follows a stream of music documentaries announced this year. With Apple TV+'s documentary exploring The Velvet Undergrounds origin story set to premiere next month. It seems 2021 is sending a few well-deserved treats our way and after the year we've had we can't wait to snatch them up!

You can watch the teaser trailer for Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflower below.

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