Saturday 3 December 2016

Politics and music - unhappy bedfellows

Published 28/06/2015 | 02:30

Anthemic: Neil Young was not happy that Donald Trump used his song for his US presidential campaign
Anthemic: Neil Young was not happy that Donald Trump used his song for his US presidential campaign

It would have been fun to be in the same room as Neil Young when he first heard the news that his evergreen anthem 'Rockin' in the Free World' had been 'borrowed' by Donald Trump to help launch his US presidential bid.

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It's hard to imagine two more different people than the brash tycoon who seems to relish making enemies and the eco-obsessed singer who first came of age in hippy California.

Young was said to be apoplectic that his emblematic song had been used by the billionaire, and his manager immediately contacted Trump's representatives to demand that they stop using it. They acquiesced, but not before images of Young with Trump had been circulated. (They had had a meeting some years ago when the singer was trying to raise funds for his hi-res audio player, Pono).

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