Monday, November 12, 2018
Books

Gernhard biographer Bill DeYoung finds little new in Petty bio

Bill DeYoung

DeYoung is the author of Phil Gernhard, Record Man, a biography of a record producer with ties to St. Petersburg whose hits included Stay and Snoopy vs. the Red Baron. When we caught up with him recently, DeYoung explained his interest came out of his belief that Gernhard "contributed more to popular music than anyone in bay area history. I thought that needed to be recognized and documented."

DeYoung is also the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bayís Signature Bridge. He will be a featured author at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 17.

Whatís on your nightstand?

Petty: The Biography, by Warren Zanes. Iím prepping for my next book project.

Have you learned anything from Zanesí book?

Not really. I spent more than a decade writing reams of stuff about (Tom Petty and) the Heartbreakers when I lived in Gainesville. So there arenít too many surprises left.

But would you recommend it?

If youíre interested, sure. Otherwise, get the first album from í76.Thatís all you really need to know about who he was.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

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Poetry from Erica Dawson, Peter Meinke and other Festival of Reading authors

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Impressive short story collections from two Florida writers

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Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back engaging mystery series

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