I thought it was a fun read. The first part of the book discusses Tom's life: from his upbringing in Gainsville to the experiences of working with his first band, Mudcrutch.
The only thing I wasn't really interested in were the stories about the Heartbreakers... sorry, but I bought the book to read about Petty. I know his band is vital to him and his music, but I just scanned past the parts about managers and bandmates.
The second part of the book focuses on each album and its' songs: how they written, who wrote them, where they were written, etc.
I wouldn't say the book had any really shocking information in it that had never been heard of until published (in 2005). All in all, I give it 4/5. It was interesting, but not a favorite.
Other books on musicians I've read that are really great:
-Clapton: The Autobiography ~ Eric Clapton
-Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles ~ Don Felder
-Stone Alone ~ Bill Wyman
-To the Limit: Marc Eliot
The first three are GREAT reads... very interesting! (I suppose since they're directly from the horse's mouth!)
Have you read any musician biographies lately? Any recommendations?