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Neil Young forbids Donald Trump from using his songs

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Neil Young forbids Donald Trump from using his songs

After Rihanna, Axl Rose, Rolling Stones and several other artists and bands complaining about Donald Trump, it was Neil Young’s turn.


The musician is unhappy with the use of his hit “Rockin ‘in the Free World” at events promoted by the president of the United States. The “fight” began in 2015, during the campaign of the then candidate Trump, who at the time stopped using the song.

After knowing that the politician returned to use the track, Young published a statement on his website:

“DT is not allowed to use the song ‘Rockin’ in the Free World ‘in his appearances. Legally, he has the right, however, goes against my wishes. I made this very clear after he played a moment in the media to announce his candidacy. I then asked him, in a widely shared public letter, to cease and desist.”

“However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chose not to listen to the many American voices that urge him to stop lying constantly, to stop his insignificant and nasty intimidation, to stop pushing his dangerous and vilifying hateful rhetoric.”

“This man does not represent the character of the people in America that I have known and loved.”

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