Neil Young scolds Trump
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.”