June 17, 2015 9:00 am -


Neil Young is upset with Donald Trump for using his 1989 classic song as part of his campaign announcement.

Young’s agent issued a statement supporting a Democratic candidate far on the other side of the political spectrum from Trump just hours after he exited the stage at the swanky Trump Tower in Manhattan.

“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” Elliot Roberts said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America.”

The latest instance of the long-running trend of musicians who protest the use of their songs at campaign events didn’t phase Trump. The professed serious candidate’s staff told Rolling Stone that the singer and songwriter was off key.

“Through a license agreement with ASCAP, Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young’s recording of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at today’s event,” a Trump spokesperson said.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

6 responses to Neil Young Slams Trump For Using ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’

  1. Obewon June 17th, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Neil Young should file a cease desist lawsuit against Rump’16~

    • alpacadaddy June 17th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      After all these years Neil Young is still a class act and true to his heart!

  2. Shayne Brawner June 17th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Bitchy libs. He was completely wrong about not being authorized to use the song. That’s what ASCAP is for. The use was paid for and approved. If you want complete control of your music, don’t publish with ASCAP, and start your own record company with your own distribution while your at it.

  3. Carol J. Luz June 17th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    <-+++ my best friend's step-aunt makes $77 hourly on the laptop. She has been out of work for 7 months but last month her pay was $18355 just working on the laptop for a few hours. She actually started four months ago and pretty much immediately began to make more than $542… Every week.

  4. robert June 17th, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    most music artists get ticked off if you use their songs in public for political reasons without permission.

    can you imagine the hate mail from the other side ?

  5. wpadon June 20th, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Why don’t Republicans use Ted Nugent songs, like Stranglehold or Jailbait.