Neil Young’s Manager: Donald Trump’s Use of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ for Campaign Launch Was ‘Not Authorized’

AP Photo/John Locher
AP Photo/John Locher

Donald Trump ruffled some feathers on Tuesday with his announcement that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016—and apparently one person bothered by the move is Canadian rock legend Neil Young.

Trump walked up to the podium inside Trump Tower for his big announcement to the sound of Young’s 1989 anthem “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and apparently Shakey was none too happy about it.

The musician’s team said in a statement that Trump’s use of the song was not cleared by Young or his camp.

“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” the official statement read, according to Billboard. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

Of course, this is not the first time that a political candidate has gotten in trouble for using music from artists that don’t support them. Earlier this year, Celtic rock band Dropkick Murphys ordered Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop using their hit song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” because they “literally hate” him.

John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist have all at one time been ordered to stop using songs from artists who didn’t like their politics.


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