Neil Young OK With Donald Trump Using His Music, But He's Still Backing Bernie Sanders

Neil Young
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Neil Young performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 6, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Neil Young might be opposed to much of what Donald Trump represents, but he’s no longer against the Republican front-runner using his music on the campaign trail. 

The about-face comes almost a year after Trump inspired Young's ire by blasting “Rockin’ in the Free World” at the rally where he announced his candidacy. It seems like some insight into music licensing eased Neil’s anger.

"He actually got a license to use it," Young told Reuters in a recent video interview. "I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything."

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Young was referencing a claim Trump’s campaign made about having a license agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for the right to play the track from his 1989 album Freedom

"The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then he didn't ask me to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' doesn't mean that he can't use it," Young explained. The incident caused a public feud back in June 2015; Young chastised Trump for not reaching out, and Trump's reps agreed to stop playing the song.

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One Young viewpoint that hasn’t wavered is his support for Bernie Sanders. Although Hillary Clinton has the Democratic nomination virtually locked up, Young confirmed he’s still in the Vermont senator’s corner: “He's the only one talking about the issues, about issues that matter to me, the issues on my mind -- problems of corporate control of democracy and everything slipping away and not being able to have six major companies owning all the media in the United States.”

But there’s just one catch: Although he lives in California, Neil Young is still a Canadian citizen, so he won’t be voting in the 2016 election. But you can still rock with the worldly Neil Young below:


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