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Stop the music! Tom Petty doesn’t like Bachmann’s choice of tune

Musical rock star Tom Petty isn’t happy that political rock star Michele Bachmann kept playing his 1977 hit “Ameircan Girl” at her Waterloo kickoff Monday.

The Star Tribune says:

Tom Petty has sent the Minnesota congresswoman a cease-and-desist order after she used his 1977 classic “American Girl” as background music at her kickoff rally Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, a source close to the singer has confirmed.

This has happened before, the story notes: Petty told George W. Bush to stop using his “I Won’t Back Down” in 2000. And Bruce Springsteen was ticked that President Reagan used “Born in the U.S.A.” in 1984, and Jackson Browne sued John McCain for playing “Running on Empty” in 2008.

And if these politicians or their people would listen to the words, they’d realize that the songs often don’t match their message.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bruce Kvam on 06/28/2011 - 04:10 pm.

    I don’t know how the particulars of ASCAP licensing works, but I assume that Bachmann would be able to play any song she wants if she pays the appropriate licensing fee to ASCAP every time she plays it at a rally.

    If she’s playing music in public and NOT paying the ASCAP fee, she’s breaking copyright law.

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