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Welcome to The Petty Archives!

We're dedicated to preserving the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Our goal is to compile information so fans can learn more about one of America's most iconic rock bands.

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Did You Know...

...that on the 4th of July, 1976, the air conditioning broke down during the recording of "American Girl"?

...that a teenaged Tom Petty got put on probation for stealing hood ornaments?

...that Bob Dylan and Tom Petty once showed up to a press conference wearing ridiculous make-up?

Random Quote

"Well—it's self- respect, really. You have to believe in yourself to have something to stand for, something to offer—or nothin's gonna happen for you. It's the American ideal that you can achieve almost anything if you put your mind to it, that you can get what you want if you just want it enough and you're prepared to tough it out. Which is probably true—I think it's true, anyway."

- Tom Petty