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Petty slams Kardashian culture

Tom Petty has taken another pot-shot at modern culture ahead of the launch of 13th Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.

The frontman last week slammed the world’s One Percenters and leaders of the Catholic Church for their abuse of power.

Now he’s turned his ire on those who have swallowed the messages of the mainstream media and now think they’re entitled to join the ranks of the super-rich like socialites the Kardashians – without putting in any effort.

Petty, 63, tells the Sun: “I’m old enough to have lived in a country where, if you were willing to work hard, you could have a fairly nice life. You could support your family, and even get a shot at owning your own home. But you never thought you’d get a swimming pool.

“Now culture has hypnotised people into thinking they’re really nothing if they’re not wealthy and a Kardashian.”

Hypnotic Eye, described by Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell as “urgent and committed,” is released via Warner Bros on Monday.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.