Neil Young Irate Over Donald Trump’s Use of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’

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Surprise, surprise: Neil Young isn’t wild about Donald Trump playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” when the purported billionaire announced Tuesday that he is a candidate for president in 2016.

Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” read a press release sent by Lookout Management, which handles Young. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America.” Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

This seems like a pretty clear case of Trump, or his people, not looking any deeper into the lyrics than the rousing chorus. The last verse, for example, includes sentiments pretty clearly aimed at George H.W. Bush, who was president when Young released the song on his 1989 album “Freedom”: “We got a thousand points of light/ For the homeless man/ We got a kinder, gentler/
Machine gun hand.”

Jeb Bush, son of H.W. and former governor of Florida, announced his own candidacy for the presidency last week, and rather than piping in music likely to get him in trouble, he featured a live performance by the Chirino Sisters, daughters of the Latin singer Willy Chirino, a Cuban exile.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wasn’t as careful when he officially kicked off his campaign in April: he used the song “Something New” by Axwell and Ingrosso, formerly of Swedish House Mafia, who promptly requested that Rubio find another song, according to Business Insider.

And as previously reported here, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker angered the Dropkick Murphys with his use of “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” at a rally in Iowa.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has hired a music supervisor, Marmoset Music, to provide the soundtrack to her campaign, Billboard reports. There’s no word whether Sanders has picked a theme song. Maybe Young has some suggestions?

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