Neil Young scolds Trump

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - — Randy L ewis

Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire Don­ald Trump an­nounced his bid for the pres­i­dency with Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” blast­ing in the back­ground, prompt­ing a re­sponse from the mu­si­cian long as­so­ci­ated with lib­eral pol­i­tics.

“Don­ald Trump was not au­tho­rized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy an­nounce­ment,” Young, 69, told The Times on Tues­day through his long­time man­ager, El­liot Roberts. Young, a Cana­dian citizen, said he sup­ports Bernie San­ders, the Ver­mont sen­a­tor who is vy­ing for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion.

“Rockin’ in the Free World” was re­leased in 1989 on Young’s “Free­dom” al­bum, a song that ad­dressed the mean­ing of pa­tri­o­tism in a world in which drug-ad­dicted moth­ers could aban­don their ba­bies and in which the en­vi­ron­ment con­tin­ued to be threat­ened by pol­lu­tion.

Young ref­er­enced then-Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s plea for a “kin­der, gen­tler na­tion” and his “thou­sand points of light” de­scrip­tion of the na­tion’s history of vol­un­teerism as he sang: “We got a thou­sand points of light / for the home­less man / We got a kin­der, gen­tler ma­chine gun hand.”

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