My heart is so heavy… I genuinely cannot believe Tom Petty is gone. I know I’m not the only one who is having trouble with this… He touched a LOT of lives and a lot of hearts…
So, like we do whenever an artist dies, let’s surround ourselves with his art and wisdoms… Here are some of m favourite Tom Petty quotes.

 


“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.”

“Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you’ll be a happy person.”

“Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.”

 


“When I decided to be a musician I reckoned that that was going to be the way of less profit, less money. I was sort of giving up the idea of making a lot of money. It was what I loved to do. I would have done it anyway. If I’d had to work at Taco Bell I’d have still been out at night trying to play music.”

“Most things I worry about never happen anyway. “

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“You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I don’t take life for granted any more. I’m really glad to be here.”

“I developed a problem with authority. Any time that authority was what I interpreted as being unjust, I stood up to it, and that became my personality.”

“I don’t think it’s a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-esteem.”


“I don’t know, my music has always just come from where the wind blew me. Like where I’m at during a particular moment in time.”

“I have turned down a lot of money for things that would have made me feel cheesy.”

“It’s funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can’t afford the music.”

“‘Free Fallin’ is a very good song. Maybe it would be one of my favorites if it hadn’t become this huge anthem. But I’m grateful that people like it.”


“There used to be this real sense of community integrity in rock. It has really eroded. Everyone seems to be on their own now.”

“TV does not care about you or what happens to you. It’s downright bad for your health now, and that’s not a far-out concept. I think watching the TV news is bad for you. It is bad for your physical health and your mental health.”

“Making a record? You’ve got to have the song, then you create a record. I think it’s the same with a live performance. If the material is strong, you’re already 90% there. I always tell young people it’s all about the music, the songs. Work on the songs, work on the songs, work on the songs.”

Musicians (L-R) Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, with the band ‘Traveling Wilburys’, performing on stage, 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

“When I was a kid, we didn’t have any blues stations. I never heard Howlin’ Wolf or Muddy Waters or any of those people until the Stones had come along, and I took it upon myself to find out who these people were that they were covering. ”

“When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know. So you’ve got to know your audience. It’s kind of something that is a blessing and a curse in a way. You’re obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don’t think that’s all you have to do.”

“I’m barely prolific and incredibly lazy.”


Tom Petty was American Rock n’roll and the industry (and the world) will not be the same without him. He was so influential, so important, so iconic and he will be missed forever.

 

Rock In Peace, Tom.