July 26, 2021

Tom Petty Estate Issues Cease and Desist to Trump Campaign Over “I Won’t Back Down”

The estate of Tom Petty has issued a cease and desist to Donald Trump’s presidential re-election campaign. The campaign used Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down” at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma held Saturday night (June 20). In a statement posted after the rally, Petty’s family wrote that they had issued an official cease and desist to the campaign, adding “Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.” Read the rest of the statement below.

Benmont Tench, a founding member of the Heartbreakers with Petty, added his own statement on Instagram. “I in no way approve of Trump even whistling any piece of music associated with our band,” he wrote.

Revisit Pitchfork’s feature “Here’s How Candidates Can Use Songs in Their Campaigns, Even If Songwriters Don’t Like It” on the Pitch.

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