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Win a trip to the hottest festival in New Orleans

September 6, 2011 1:45 PM ET
Win a trip to the hottest festival in New Orleans

Face it – summer is over. You have to put the white pants back in the closet and fire up the countdown clock to the first day of snow. Who said you can’t still see great music? 

 Get in the autumn spirit by picking your favorite three fall themed songs and telling us why you picked them. The Rolling Stone reader with the best list will win a trip for two to the hottest fall music festival in New Orleans taking place in October, complete with roundtrip airfare, hotel, and tickets. All you have to do is fill out the form below by September 25th. See official rules here

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Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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