‘Who the F*** Are You Conversing To?’

Early in his job, Tom Petty claimed he was brief to get offended. He channeled the emotion into his new music, but from time to time it spilled more than into his outside the house existence, specially when provoked. He explained that he was when in a hotel with his bandmates when the Sexual intercourse Pistols’ Johnny Rotten referred to as out to him. Neither Petty nor his bandmates preferred what Rotten was expressing, so Petty went to confront him.

Tom Petty and Johnny Rotten | Aaron Rapoport/Corbis by way of Getty Pictures Ian Dickson/Redferns

The Heartbreakers did not want their tunes to be labeled as punk

Petty explained his genre of audio as rock ‘n’ roll, but other folks categorized it as punk in the early yrs of his job. He resented this. 

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