Tom Petty’s Family Tell’s Trump to Cease and Desist

Family Says the Late, Legendary Rock Artist Would Never Support a ‘Campaign of Hate’

American singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Petty

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted June 23rd, 2020

I have no idea if anyone in Petty’s family knew I posted the song (sometimes, surprisingly, you will hear from the artist or someone closed affiliated with them if you do), but I certainly never received a letter like the one below, slamming Trump and his campaign, for making unauthorized use of ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at a controversial campaign rally in Tulsa Oklahoma this past June 20th.

When I read a copy of the Petty family’s note to the Trump campaign this June 21st, it reinforced my love and respect for Tom Petty, who died tragically in October 2017 at age 66, and for the great catalog of music he left us.

Here is the Petty family’s great letter –

If you haven’t necessarily heard Tom Petty’s song ‘I Won’Back Down’ or may have forgotten it, you can hear it by clicking on the screen immediately below –

By the way, any notes I have received from artists or their affiliates about a song I posted here, and I have received a few, were always nice.

The most recent one came a few weeks ago from Barry McGuire who seemed genuinely pleased that I posted his 1965 recording of the hit song ‘Eve of Destruction’ and had found it still relevant to the perilous times we are living through now.

  • Doug Draper, a forever fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Here is one more spin of the ‘Eve of Destruction’ piece I posted on Niagara At Large this spring, and if you look down at the bottom there is a nice note from the very good guy who made that song a number one hit all over the world, Barry McGuire. To visit that post, click on –

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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