Neil Young Unhappy At Trump Song Use


Neil Young has released a statement condemning businessman Donald Trump for using one of his songs while announcing his 2016 run for president.

Young’s manager released a statement on the musician’s behalf that reads: “Donald Trump was not authorized to use “Rockin’ In The Free World” in his presidential candidacy announcement.  Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

The Trump campaign claims that it used the song legally — through a licensing deal with ASCAP, the musicians’ copyright group. However, apparently in America the rules are different for using music in a political message in that they require a campaign to contact the song’s owners for permission.


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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