Politics Neil Young Not Happy That Trump Used His Song “Rockin’ in the Free World”

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    Neil Young has now elaborated on the short response he issued Tuesday to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who used Young’s song “Rockin’ in the Free World” during the announcement of his presidential candidacy.

    Initially, Young issued a short statement saying he did not authorize Trump’s use of the song. Candidates are not legally required to get a musician’s permission to use a song at a live political event, as long as they pay the public performance royalty to performance rights organizations such as ASCAP and BMI.

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    But most politicians, when asked, have respected musicians’ requests that they stop using specific songs. Some disputed cases have gone to court to be resolved.

    Young’s manager subsequently said he requested Trump’s camp to stop using “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and the developer-politician’s representatives have said they will no longer play it during his campaign.

    On Thursday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and longtime social-political activist explained himself further by way of the statement posted to his Facebook page, in part because some Internet sites posted a photo of Trump together with Young to suggest Young was endorsing Trump’s candidacy.

    In the statement, Young references the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, in which the nation’s highest court ruled that it was unconstitutional to restrict independent expenditures by corporations, unions and other associations, effectively allowing them to contribute unlimited funds to political campaigns.

    Here is the text of Young’s statement:

    “Yesterday my song ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.

    “A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement, but it was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high-resolution music service.

    “Music is a universal language. So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don't share my beliefs.

    “But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate, I would have said no.

    “I am Canadian and I don't vote in the United States, but more importantly, I don't like the current political system in the USA and some other countries.

    "Increasingly democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever-increasing economic disparity and the well-funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the people.

    “The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling is proof of this corruption, as well as the proposed trade deals, which would further compromise our rights.

    “These corporations were originally created to serve us, but if we don't appropriately prioritize, they will destroy us. Corporations don't have children. They don't have feelings or soul. They don't depend on uncontaminated water, clean air or healthy food to survive. They are beholden to one thing: the bottom line.

    “I choose to speak truth to this economic power. When I speak out on corporations hurting the common man or the environment or other species, I expect a well-financed disinformation campaign to be aimed my way.

    “Such is the case with the reaction to my new album ‘The Monsanto Years’, which covers many of these issues. I support those bringing these issues to light and those who fight for their rights like freedom of choice.

    “But freedom of choice is meaningless without knowledge.

    “That's why it's crucial we all get engaged and get informed.

    “That's why GMO labeling matters. Mothers need to know what they are feeding their children. They need freedom to make educated choices at the market. When the people have voted for labeling, as they have in Vermont, they need our support when they are fighting these corporate interests trying to reverse the laws they have voted for and passed in the democratic process.

    “I do not trust self-serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either. I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates.

    “Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.”

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...d-trump-rockin-free-world-20150618-story.html
     
  2. superstone

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    It's funny because the song is actually about how fucked up the world is.
     
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    :artiejj:Wah!
     
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    When will Republicans learn? They keep playing music by musicians who can't stand their idea of what government should be.
     
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    Neil Young did stump for Ronald Reagan back in the day. Sure he didn't appear at rallies or anything. But this "I am a Canadian" thing is kinda bullshit.

    Granted I wouldn't want to be associated with the train wreck that is the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign.
     
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    With the actors and now this, Trump made a real ass out himself the other night :coffee:
     
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    He should have played some Ted Nugent.
     
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    Exactly.

     
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    As if he needed any help. All that shit about Mexico was plenty. Then actors and Neil Young. I hope he stays in the race.
     
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    'I'm Canadian blahblahblah...OUR rights blahblahblah...evil corporations blahblahblah...oh, yeah, my new album...' Maybe he should've considered all this shit sooner. He's probably been in ASCAP for a million years. Would still have his millions if he left ASCAP. Start his own fucking hippie union. Commie.
     
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    Whats with the avatar dude? Are you a Nazi lover? Just asking.
     
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    Wang Dang Sweet Poontang or Cat Scratch Fever?:dontknow:
     
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    he should be not so happy that his son is retarded.
     
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    You never heard of royalties? Trump can't just use whatever he wants.
     
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    This is more the Trumpster's speed. "The way I act don't seem like me,
    I'm not on top like I used to be."

     
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    I've explained it before. This will be the last time, as a courtesy to you. The Nazis were a political organization. The empire of Japan was a political organization, in a sense. Millions of people were killed and various atrocities, including human vivisection, are attributed to them. Plus the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Chairman Mao, Stalin, Guevara, these guys are on t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. Each are responsible for the deaths of at least thousands, and in one case at least 20 million, people in the pursuit of ideology. Emperor (Showa) Hirohito of Japan has the blood of millions on his hands as well. My grandfathers fought in both theaters in WW2. I have blood-stained Japanese pilot gear from a plane my grandfather shot down. As well as an authentic rising sun flag. For whatever reason, I don't have any nazi 'trophies' even though my other grandfather killed German, nazi and regular wehrmacht, soldiers. I'm equally apathetic towards the nazis and the imperial Japanese government of WW2. I'm trying to keep this short. In the end, I don't have a picture of Santa standing next to a high ranking Japanese politician, handing out gifts to children during WWII. It's merely an interesting snapshot in time. I could elaborate further, I just hate taking up bandwidth.
     
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    I heard the southern man don't need him around, anyhow. :coffee:
     
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    Suck it up Canajun and perhaps consider you aren't relevant and you will benefit from any publicity.