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7 Tom Petty Memorabilia Picks For Bad Boys and Good Girls

If there’s something here you decide you just must have, we’ve provided links to the product websites.  When you click on the link and make a purchase, Beasley Media Group may earn a commission. We are an Amazon Associate and earn from qualifying purchases.   If I was asked to educate someone on Tom Petty, here's what I'd say:  Tom's lyrics could transmit feelings from tranquility to rebellion...  Love to anger...  Longing to gratitude.  Tom Petty's music speaks to me. "All the bad boys are standing in the shadows.  And the good girls are home with broken hearts." The lyrics sounds a bit sad, but the overall vibe of "Free Fallin'" is one of freedom and joy. I took some time and found some of the best Tom Petty Memorabilia items the internet offers.  Scroll down to shop or read on for a bit of Tom Petty history. Side note: Even if you're not a hardcore Petty fan, listen to the album Full Moon Fever.  Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers had their music creation process changed by working with Jeff Lynne of E.L.O.  It's one of my favorite albums. Tom Petty - History Bits Prepare yourself for a little rapid fire of Tom Petty history. Tom Petty didn't give much thought to rock and roll until he met Elvis!  Tom was just 11 years old.  In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Tom said of the chance meeting, "Changed my life, really, because after that I started collecting records and just went in that direction.” Why was Hard Promises $8.98 when it was released? Tom fought MCA Records to keep them from raising the price. He made sure that the price of the album was included on the cover artwork to make sure that MCA couldn't back out. Tom wanted to keep the price down for his fans saying, “If we don’t take a stand, one of these days, records are going to be $20.” Petty was the voice of Elroy "Lucky" Kleinschmidt on King of The Hill from 2004-2009. Tom worked as a grave-digger before he was a rock star.  Tom said he liked the job because it was quiet and no one bothered him. Dr. Petty posthumously received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Florida. They also celebrate "Tom Petty Day" during the football season on the home game Saturday closest to Tom's Birthday (October 20th). Part of the inspiration for "I Won't Back Down" came from one of Tom's most difficult life moments: the house fire.  In 1987, Tom's house was deliberately set on fire.  He lost everything but his basement home studio. The experience was understandably very upsetting to Tom and his family.  The lyrics, "I'll stand my ground and I won't back down" were a part of Tom's healing process. Petty said of the experience, "We were shaken for years by it." Tom Petty Memorabilia

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