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Neil Young: “Fuck you, Donald Trump!”

In a new statement, the Canadian rocker clarifies that he has not given the Republican presidential candidate permission to play his music

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    Last month, Neil Young raised David Crosby’s bushy eyebrows when he told Reuters he was OK with Donald Trump playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” at campaign rallies. “He actually got a license to use it,” Young said at the time. “I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything.”

    Young, an outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders, has since backtracked from the comments. During a recent appearance on the Late Show, the Canadian rocker told Stephen Colbert that though Trump had a legal right to use the song, he was not thrilled about it. “I didn’t like that idea because of the misogyny and the racism,” Young explained.

    Now, in a statement posted to Facebook, Young tells fans that “he continues to deny Trump permission to use his music” while also accusing him of “hurling insults” and “[misleading] the public.”

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    “When I discovered that the candidate first used my song at his campaign launch , my management called his office and immediately requested he stop,” Young says in the statement. “We thought he had. But now, unfortunately, I understand he is still using it.”

    “Though there is a considerable legal difference between obtaining music rights for commercial use and obtaining a license agreement for public venues (When licensing music for public events – artists permission is not required) I believe using an artists work for a specific politicians campaign represents ‘implied consent’. After we asked him to stop using my music, he began hurling insults and then immediately released a photo to the media (again without my permission) to further mislead the public.”

    Young maintains that he still supports Sanders and does not endorse “hate, bigotry, childish name calling, the superficiality of celebrity or ignorance.”

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    As a kicker, Young included a video of him yelling “Fuck Donald Trump!” during a recent concert.

    Read Young’s full statement and see the video below:

    Headlines are often designed to be misleading
    (except this one from me)

    YOUNG CONTINUES TO DENY TRUMP PERMISSION TO USE HIS MUSIC

    When I discovered that the candidate first used my song at his campaign launch , my management called his office and immediately requested he stop.
    We thought he had.
    But now, unfortunately, I understand he is still using it..

    Though there is a considerable legal difference between obtaining music rights for commercial use and obtaining a license agreement for public venues (When licensing music for public events – artists permission is not required) I believe using an artists work for a specific politicians campaign represents “implied consent”

    After we asked him to stop using my music, he began
    hurling insults and then
    immediately released a photo to the media (again without my permission) to further mislead the public. The picture was taken when I visited his office while conducting various meetings with potential investors for my amazing sounding music company Pono, many months prior to his decision to become a candidate.

    I still support the issue focused, straight shooter Bernie Sanders, in my opinion, the best person for the job, hands down. The process is not over until its over.

    I do not endorse hate, bigotry, childish name calling, the superficiality of celebrity or ignorance.

    The headline created by Reuters is titillating and it is purposely misleading, it is not journalism it is tabloid reporting.

    For those who only read headlines-
    Don’t just listen to the chorus
    listen to the verses

    colors on the street
    red white and blue
    people shufflin’ their feet
    people sleepin’ in their shoes
    there’s a warning sign on the road ahead
    there’s a lot of people sayin we’d be better off dead
    don’t feel like satan, but i am to them
    So I try to forget it any way I can,
    and keep on rockin in the free world.

    i see a woman in the night
    with a baby in her hand
    under an old street light
    near a garbage can
    now she put the kid away cause she’s gone to get a hit
    she hates her life and what she’s done to it
    that’s one more kid who’ll never go to school
    never get to fall in love, never get to be cool
    keep on rockin in the free world

    got a thousand points of light for the homeless man
    got a kinder gentler machine gun had
    got department stores and toilet paper
    got styrofoam garbage for the ozone layer
    got a man of the people sayin’ “keep hope alive”
    got fuel to burn
    got roads to drive
    keep on rockin’ in the free world

    got a water cannon for the standing man
    got misinformation from the corporation
    in the endless search for a drop of oil
    people’s lives get shattered while we suck it from the soil
    gotta show the children
    we just don’t care
    so we keep on burnin’it
    and put it in the air
    keep on rockin’ in the free world
    keep on suckin’- suckin’ from the soil
    keep on rockin in the free world
    Keep on killin’- killin’ for oil
    keep on rockin in the free world
    gotta show the children
    we just don’t care – we just don’t care
    keep on rockin in the free world

    neil young

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