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Neil Young: “My music is not a theme song for hate”

by Erika Gimenes

2019 Gus Stewart

You can now add Neil Young to the list of musicians that have a beef with Trump – who doesn’t these days?

After Rolling Stones and Linkin Park were one of the MANY groups that have sent Trump a seize or desist letter to stop playing music during his Presidential campaign without permission, Neil Young, has filed a civil lawsuit against President Trump’s reelection campaign. He wants to get Trump supporters to stop rocking out to “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at his campaign events and rallies.

The copyright infringement lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in New York, was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and is available to read in full on Young’s website.

This is not the first time that the Canadian-born Young has complained about Trump’s use of his songs for political ends. In 2016, Young was among a long list of artists, ranging from The Rolling Stones to Adele, who objected to the candidate playing their music on the campaign trail. (Young announced in January that he had become a U.S. citizen; he has also been a longtime supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders.)

Young’s complaint also states that he “in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.” Along with barring the Trump campaign from using his music, Young is asking for statutory damages.


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