Neil Young has been unhappy about the use of his music during campaign rallies of US President Donald Trump for a while. Now the measure is full and the Canadian-American music legend has filed a complaint.
Young’s songs “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” were recently heard at a campaign meeting in Tulsa. Young, 74, says he doesn’t want his music used as a “theme song for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”
Young emphasizes that he values Americans’ right to freedom of speech and believes that everyone is free to choose a candidate he or she supports. But he does not want his music to be involved in campaigns and / or candidates that he does not support.
Young’s demarche is remarkable, especially since in 2016 the musician gave his consent to the use of his song ‘Rockin’ in the Free World ‘in Trump’s presidential campaign. “I support Bernie Sanders’ campaign, but that doesn’t mean Trump can’t use my music,” he said at the time. “He has a license for the song, so I don’t object.” Apparently the man has now turned his cart.