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Neil Young to Donald Trump: 'Cease and desist from rockin' in the free world'

The Don apparently didn’t have permission to use his music to launch his presidential campaign yesterday.

ROCK LEGEND NEIL Young has had a go at Donald Trump, after the eccentric real estate mogul used one of his best-known songs to launch his presidential bid yesterday.

The Republican candidate made a typically theatrical entrance at Trump Towers yesterday, walking on stage to the sound of “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

Source: C-SPAN/YouTube

The man who wrote the 1989 classic, however, was having none of it, and today his management team released this statement on his behalf:

Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement.
Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America.

Campaigning US politicians frequently use intro music without express permission from the artist beforehand, without much trouble, but it can lead to some high-profile rows.

In 2011, Tom Petty served a cease and desist warning to Republican candidate Michelle Bachmann for unauthorised use of “American Girl.”

During the 2012 campaign, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich got sued by the band Survivor, for (repeatedly) using their mega-hit “Eye of the Tiger,” without their permission.

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