The family of Tom Petty sent a cease and desist notice to President Trump after he used classic track “I Won’t Back Down” at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla.
Several artists have objected to the use of their songs at Trump events, but it remains an issue because the public performance license associated with campaigns allows the use of any material the organizers choose, regardless of whether the creator wants to allow it.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” read a statement issued by Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty, who administrate the singer’s estate. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.” Read the full statement below.
They added that he’d written the song “for the underdog, for the common man and for everyone,” continuing: “We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this.”
Claiming that Trump did not represent the “noble ideals” of America and democracy, they went on: “We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued an official cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.”
In the past, similar complaints have been made by Neil Young, Queen and Aerosmith, among others. Trump used the Prince classic “Purple Rain” last year, even after promising he’d stop as a result of complaints from the artist’s estate.
The guitar used by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged show in 1993 sold at auction for over $6 million, breaking five records in the process.
The limited-edition Martin D-18E, made in 1959, became the world’s most expensive guitar, the most expensive acoustic guitar, the most expensive Martin guitar, the most expensive piece of memorabilia and most expensive Nirvana memorabilia after Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman bid $6,010,000 in a Julien’s Auctions sale on Saturday.
The conclusion of the guitar auction, which you can watch below, shows a hammer price as $5 million; however, the final amount includes the buyer's premium.
The lot included the guitar, a hard case, some strings, three picks and a set of three lapel pins found in a velvet pouch. During the same auction, a signed Nevermind posted sold for $56,000; the camera and pictures shot for a magazine feature sold for $35,000; and several Nirvana backstage passes sold for $512 each.
Afterward, Freedman said he planned to exhibit the instrument all over the world in an attempt to help the music industry recover from the coronavirus lockdown. “When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction, I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced,” he explained (via Blabbermouth).
“For most, access to financial and health services — particularly mental health services — is very limited. While many industries are gradually returning to normal, it's going to take a long time before this industry can begin functioning as it was. The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action.”
A listing on the Julien’s Auctions site states, “Twenty-six years later, Cobain’s MTV Unplugged performance remains the definitive self-portrait of a generation’s most transformative artist. Cobain’s Martin D-18E guitar survives as the most recognizable and important artifact, not only of Cobain’s MTV Unplugged performance, but of Cobain as an artist.
“Cobain was known for smashing guitars on stage and wreaking havoc with instruments used by the band in their live performances," the description continues. "In contrast, after driving the last song of their MTV Unplugged performance with a primal howling, Cobain held his Martin D-18E guitar with reverence. Ultimately, he placed the guitar carefully back on its stand — almost as a stand-in for himself — and left it center stage as he walked away.”
The Rolling Stones have warned US President Donald Trump that he could face legal action if he continues using their songs at his campaign rallies.
A statement from the band's legal team said it was working with the performing rights organisation, the BMI, to stop the unauthorised use of their music.
The Trump campaign used the song You Can't Always Get What You Want at last week's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The same song was used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election.
"The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump," the band tweeted in 2016.
In a statement released on Saturday, representatives for the group said that "further steps to exclude" Mr Trump from using Rolling Stones material in future presidential campaigning was necessary after previous "cease and desist directives" had been ignored.
The BMI has reportedly notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the use of their songs without permission will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement, and would be subject to legal action.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
ALL THE ARTISTS WHO HAVE TOLD TRUMP TO STOP USING THEIR MUSIC
June 16, 2015On the same day he announced his candidacy, Trump was denounced by Canadian-born singer-songwriter Neil Young, who put out a statement saying Trump was “not authorized” to play ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ at his announcement and noting that Young was a supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
September 9, 2015Rock band R.E.M. said they “do not authorize or condone” Trump playing ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’ at a rally to oppose the Iran deal, with bassist Mike Mills telling Trump to, “cease and desist,” and lead singer Michael Stipe tweeting, “Go f**k yourselves, the lot of you—you sad, attention grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."
October 14, 2015Trump begrudgingly agreed to stop using the music of 70’s rock band Aerosmith, tweeting that lead singer Stephen Tyler “asked me not to,” and declaring he’d “have better one to take its place,” later claiming in a follow-up tweet that Tyler “got more publicity on his song request than he’s gotten in ten years.”
February 1, 2016A spokesperson for Adele decried Trump’s use of her songs ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Rolling in the Deep’ at his rallies, saying in a statement that the British pop singer “has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”
February 2, 2016British singer Elton John, a staple of the Trump presidency whose song ‘Rocketman’ was the inspiration for Trump’s eponymous nickname for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, slammed Trump for using his music, later saying it was “nothing personal” and that he doesn’t want his music used in American elections.
July 19, 2016British rock band Queen persistently hit Trump and the GOP over their use of their use of ‘We Are The Champions’ at the 2016 Republican National Convention, saying in a statement that they were “frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist,” and that the band “does not want its associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country.”
July 20, 2016R&B groups Earth, Wind & Fire and The O’Jays echoed Queen’s complaints about the Republican Convention over the GOP’s use of ‘September’ and ‘Love Train,’ with Earth, Wind & Fire tweeting “Another unauthorized use (September) at the Republican Convention, against our wishes,” and the O’Jays saying Trump “may be the anti-Christ.”
July 22, 2016British bands The Beatles and The Rolling Stones both decried the use of their music at the Republican Convention as well, with the estate of the late Beatles singer George Harrison stating, “The unauthorized use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at the RNC is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate,” joking that they may have approved the use of ‘Beware of Darkness.’
January 17, 2017Twisted Sister guitarist and manager Jay Jay French claimed that singer Dee Snider, a one-time Celebrity Apprentice contestant and friend of Trump, quietly asked him to stop using ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ as his campaign anthem after its use sparked outcry from his fans–one of the few instances where Trump complied.
October 30, 2018Singer Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump for playing ‘Happy’ at a rally in Indiana just hours after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pennsylvania, which left 11 congregants dead, with his attorney writing in a letter, “there was nothing 'happy' about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose."
November 5, 2018Attorneys for Rihanna issued a cease-and-desist order over Trump’s use of ‘Don’t Stop The Music,’ declaring that the Barbadian singer “has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music. Such use is therefore improper,” and that use of the song “creates a false impression that Ms. Fenty is affiliated with, connected to or otherwise associated with Trump.”
November 5, 2018Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose tweeted that, like many other artists, the band “has formally requested our music not be used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events,” but that the campaign “is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent.”
October 11, 2019After filing a copyright complaint, Canadian rock band Nickelback succeeded in getting Twitter to remove a manipulated version of the music video for their song ‘Photograph,’ tweeted by Trump, which attempted to tie former Vice President Joe Biden to a Ukrainian gas executive.
October 14, 2019The estate of the late singer Prince claimed that Trump “confirmed a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music” and said they would “never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs,” after he played ‘Purple Rain’ at a rally in Minneapolis.
January 15, 2020R.E.M. said they were “exploring all legal avenues” to prevent Trump from using their music at his rallies after he played ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Losing My Religion’ at a rally in Milwaukee, adding “please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man.”
June 22, 2020The family of late singer Tom Petty said in a statement that Trump was “in no way authorized” to play ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at his Tulsa rally, adding that Petty and his family “firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind,” calling the Trump campaign a “campaign of hate” and issuing a cease-and-desist notice.
June 24, 2020Panic! At the Disco vocalist Brendon Urie tweeted, “Dear Trump Campaign, f**k you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song,” and said Trump “represents nothing we stand for. The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November,” after Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. walked out to ‘High Hopes’ at a rally in Phoenix.
June 28, 2020The Rolling Stones said in a statement that they are working with music rights company BMI to stop Trump from playing their songs at his rally after he played ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at his rally in Tulsa, adding that BMI has “notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” and that if he continues to use their music, “he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”
“We don’t always ask our leaders to take us into war, but we all seek to help bring democratic freedoms and human rights – especially for women and children – to troubled nations throughout the world. On behalf of the brave young men and women of our troops abroad, I urge you to support the victims of IED madness, now in need of rehabilitation and care. For them and their families, please support the Global Campaign against IEDs.” – Ian Anderson
JETHRO TULL LEGEND IAN ANDERSON ENDORSES "MADE IN AMERICA" HAND SANITIZER TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES, HEALTHCARE WORKERS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND VETERANS July 7, 2020, 10 hours ago
The small businesses in Virginia today received a major endorsement for their hand sanitizer project from progressive rock and roll legend Ian Anderson, founding member of the band Jethro Tull, for their efforts producing an all “made in America” hand sanitizer.
The Virginia Hand Sanitizer consortium coordinated by the Center for Applied Innovation, LLC (CAI) in Yorktown, Virginia has been coordinating formulation and sales of 80% World Health Organization hand sanitizer to government agencies as well as donating thousands of gallons to first responders, healthcare workers, local charities and other during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Group continues to work diligently with a Virginia Service Disabled Veteran-Owned CAI and the non-profit Partners International Foundation’s Helping the Heroes project in a consortium to help produce and distribute volume production of sanitizers to regional health and emergency workers by leveraging Virginia distilleries, breweries, beer distributors, cider makers, and wineries to support this effort. The consortium provides a seamless, centrally managed, and decentralized operation to meet hand sanitizer needs while helping put people in Virginia back to work and keep them working in these sectors. To date the group has delivered hundreds of thousands of bottles purchased by State and local agencies as well as donated thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer to a myriad to a growing number of local and regional charities.
Ian Anderson is lending his support to the effort by making it the “only officially sanctioned Jethro Tull sanitizer hand rub”. Jethro Tull hand sanitizer is sold exclusively through the “Helping The Heroes” website with the proceeds helping small businesses remain open and funding the groups’ donation programs.
“A wee drop of the strong stuff! Of course for the hands only. Keep yourself safe, and by doing that you keep others safe, too. All in a good cause so choose this. The only officially-sanctioned Jethro Tull sanitizer hand rub,” states Ian Anderson.
“This is an important long-term initiative for Virginia”, said Bob Morris the Center for Applied Innovation’s President. “100% of the hand sanitizer down to the bottles and boxes it is in comes from Virginia and other U.S. Small businesses. This is a very important story of coming together to solve critical problems and keep American workers employed.”
Just discovered this today... Marconi Union This is the Most Relaxing Tune (or song) !!! This sleep - inducing music has been rated so peaceful that motorists have been warned not to listen to this music for the fear of sleeping while driving.
futureshock: Here's wishing everyone persistent health! Times are getting more optimistic! Activism is UP, and fear of getting involved in important issues, is dropping faster than the Vegas odds on Trump being elected again. Cheers!
Jun 7, 2020 23:10:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Thanks futureshock - hope you're ok likewise
Jun 8, 2020 15:01:16 GMT
stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
piscesguy: It looks like someone else has taken my moniker piscesguy and added the name jack prentiss to it. That's okay but I cannot locate an earlier post I had left now. Does anyone know how to resolve this? thank you
Jul 9, 2020 19:09:58 GMT
maddogfagin: Please see my PM to you.
Jul 10, 2020 6:41:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
maddogfagin: So what's wrong with us Aquarians then. I'm gonna write to your President and complain
Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT
steelmonkey: I go on binges of long forgotten ( Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Humble Pie), Overlooked releases ( Zappa, Prince, PIL) and just plain musical vitamins ( Traveling Wilburys, Pink Floyd) and then remember life is short and I should revert to all Tull all day.
Jul 19, 2020 22:29:08 GMT