“Runnin’ Down The Dream” provides a detailed LP-by-LP wrap on a singer and band with an amazing body of work over 40 years. Made eight years ago, it encompasses the entire rock music era and Petty’s involvement with much of it. His crossover between roots, rock and pop is bolstered by prodigious song writing skills that has made him a survivor.
Petty has had something interesting to say for each of the past four decades. This self-commissioned documentary seems to re-say it all, and at four hours it might benefitted from haircut. But then you would miss a lot. If four hours is too much, then maybe its best to split viewing into its two parts
It appeals to the audience of certain age, like the “History Of The Eagles” documentary which played on Prime awhile back – though I’d argue Petty has more cachet with a younger audience. Like all rock documentaries – especially those produced by the artists’ own record company – you get the sense that some salubrious aspects of the artists’ lives have been airbrushed out of the picture. Petty comes across as an altogether great, laid back guy. But you see glimpses of another side of Tim Petty that would have been necessary for him to survive for so long in this harsh business. “Runnin’ Down A Dream” was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released in 2007.