Tom Petty fought many battles to protect his music

Music legend Tom Petty, who died unexpectedly in late 2017, was legendary songwriter and fighter for artist’s rights. Behind the sweet melodies of songs such as “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl,” Petty fought many battles over the course of his career to protect his music and sell it to fans at a reasonable price.

There are lots of aspects of Petty’s life that are out in the open, but some things about the southern rocker that might surprise you – including a shocking addiction and a little-known acting career. Here are some fascinating facts about Tom Petty that might shine a new light on one of rock’s most treasured artists.

Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images

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