Thursday 29 September 2016

Neil Young wasn’t happy Donald Trump used ‘Rockin in the Free World’ to kick off presidential campaign

Published 17/06/2015 | 10:40

When Donald Trump announced his intention to run for president he kicked off his press conference with Neil Young's 'Rockin in the Free World'.

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Neil Young, however, was not best pleased by Trump's use of his song.

The singer released a statement via his management company saying, "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement.

“Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

The song was released in 1989 at a time when Neil Young was crticizing George H. W. Bush and blasting republicans. Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for President, is apparently a fan of Young's music and will continue to be so whether Young likes that or not.

When contacted by Rolling Stone, a spokesperson for Trump said that the track was used legally.

"Through a license agreement with [performance-rights organization] ASCAP, Mr. Trump's campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young's recording of 'Rockin' in the Free World' at today's event," they said.

"Mr. Trump is a huge fan of Neil Young and his music and will continue to be regardless of Neil's political views."

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