Monday, June 13, 2016

Neil Young Wants You to Know, Once and For All, He Doesn't Support Donald Trump

by VVN Music

Neil Young feels that the media has been sending a mixed message on his support for presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and his use of Neil's music.

Earlier in Trump's campaign, he started using Young's Rockin' in the Free World during his campaign stops. At first, Young said that he had asked the campaign to stop using the song; however, during a later interview, he implied that there was nothing he could do about it if Young had the proper licenses to use the music. The media took this to mean that Young had given permission and fellow Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young member Neil Young criticized him in a Twitter post.

On Saturday, Young posted a lengthy comment making it clear, once and for all, that he does not support Trump and is, in fact, in the Bernie Sanders camp. Attached was a short clip from a performance where Young yells "F**k you, Donald Trump".

Headlines are often designed to be misleading

(except this one from me)


When I discovered that the candidate first used my song at his campaign launch , my management called his office and immediately requested he stop.

We thought he had.

But now, unfortunately, I understand he is still using it..

Though there is a considerable legal difference between obtaining music rights for commercial use and obtaining a license agreement for public venues (When licensing music for public events - artists permission is not required) I believe using an artists work for a specific politicians campaign represents "implied consent"

After we asked him to stop using my music, he began hurling insults and then immediately released a photo to the media (again without my permission) to further mislead the public. The picture was taken when I visited his office while conducting various meetings with potential investors for my amazing sounding music company Pono, many months prior to his decision to become a candidate.
I still support the issue focused, straight shooter Bernie Sanders, in my opinion, the best person for the job, hands down. The process is not over until its over.
I do not endorse hate, bigotry, childish name calling, the superficiality of celebrity or ignorance.

The headline created by Reuters is titillating and it is purposely misleading, it is not journalism it is tabloid reporting.

For those who only read headlines-
Don't just listen to the chorus
listen to the verses

colors on the street
red white and blue
people shufflin' their feet
people sleepin' in their shoes
there's a warning sign on the road ahead
there's a lot of people sayin we'd be better off dead
don't feel like satan, but i am to them
So I try to forget it any way I can,
and keep on rockin in the free world.

i see a woman in the night
with a baby in her hand
under an old street light
near a garbage can
now she put the kid away cause she's gone to get a hit
she hates her life and what she's done to it
that's one more kid who'll never go to school
never get to fall in love, never get to be cool
keep on rockin in the free world

got a thousand points of light for the homeless man
got a kinder gentler machine gun had
got department stores and toilet paper
got styrofoam garbage for the ozone layer
got a man of the people sayin' "keep hope alive"
got fuel to burn
got roads to drive
keep on rockin' in the free world

got a water cannon for the standing man
got misinformation from the corporation
in the endless search for a drop of oil
people's lives get shattered while we suck it from the soil
gotta show the children
we just don't care
so we keep on burnin'it
and put it in the air
keep on rockin' in the free world
keep on suckin'- suckin' from the soil
keep on rockin in the free world
Keep on killin'- killin' for oil
keep on rockin in the free world
gotta show the children
we just don't care - we just don't care
keep on rockin in the free world

neil young