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'.
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."