When Donald Trump strode on to the stage at Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce that he would enter the Republican race for president, a rock and roll anthem blared: Neil Young’s "Rockin’ in the Free World." It was an odd choice, given that the 1989 song seemed to slam a Republican administration for not giving a damn about the poor. And Young has taken exception to Trump's appropriation of his tune.
A statement issued to Mother Jones for Young by his longtime manager Elliot Roberts suggests Young was not pleased by Trump's use of the song:
Donald Trump's use of "Rockin' in the Free World" was not authorized. Mr. Young is a longtime supporter of Bernie Sanders.
In other words, it may be a free world, but you're not free to steal my song.
One of "news" segments I saw seemed to suggest that, since only RepubliKKKans found trouble from misappropriating songs for campaigns, that stemmed from lberal bent of most artists.
Au contraire, mon frere, that comes from Repugnants stealing property of others, as though their money made it OK, much less the R's lack of ethics and morality and rape the planet attitude, damn their eyes, "a thousand points of light for the homeless man," indeed.
Salon covers other outright thefts of songs, and the Dropkick Murphys literally hate Scott Walker, fuhrher of Wisconsin.