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  • April 25, 2014
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    On Wednesday night, Tom Petty accepted the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles, CA.

     

    The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.

     

    Tom was introduced by Jackson Browne who was preceded by a two song performance from Lucinda Williams. Lucinda and her band covered "Rebels" and "Runnin' Down A Dream."

     

    Upon taking the stage to receive the award, Tom spoke from the heart.

     

    On songwriting, Tom said: "You know magic, magic is always a trick, but with a song it's really magic. You can sit there and suddenly some cosmic line is opened and boom,

    in minutes it's appeared and it's a real magic because it makes people happy, it makes them feel good, it brings people out of comas. It does so many great things.

     

    On rock and roll, Tom said: "Rock 'n' Roll is one of the greatest things,because it makes you feel good; but done at it's very best, you feel cool, and that's a great reward."

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Highway Companions's picture
on Fri, 2014-04-25 14:20

On Wednesday night, Tom Petty accepted the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles, CA.

 

The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.

 

Tom was introduced by Jackson Browne who was preceded by a two song performance from Lucinda Williams. Lucinda and her band covered "Rebels" and "Runnin' Down A Dream."

 

Upon taking the stage to receive the award, Tom spoke from the heart.

 

On songwriting, Tom said: "You know magic, magic is always a trick, but with a song it's really magic. You can sit there and suddenly some cosmic line is opened and boom,

in minutes it's appeared and it's a real magic because it makes people happy, it makes them feel good, it brings people out of comas. It does so many great things.

 

On rock and roll, Tom said: "Rock 'n' Roll is one of the greatest things,because it makes you feel good; but done at it's very best, you feel cool, and that's a great reward."

Comments

awomaninlove's picture

Congrats you "shitkicker" from Gainesville!! Loved your speech, very class act of always staying true to rock n roll!
Well deserved award and at the 100th anniversary of ASCAP! You rocked! Thanks so much Tom! Enjoy it! Hope to see you on the road, BTW Dana looked beautiful!

ohmymyohellyes's picture

As always, spoken from his heart with passion, conviction and honesty. Congratualations on receiving this distinquished award. You are the epitome of who the honored recipient of this award should be. Thank you for bringing joy to my life for 30+ years

booksahoy_2's picture

So deserved.  Thank you, Mr. Petty, we love you and are SO grateful for the music that you dedicated your life to.