Those wacky Canadians! Hey, how about the Toronto Raptors, Neil? Above: Young on the lookout for more campaign offenses.
By Uncle Blurt
Over at Reuters.com a somewhat un-Reuters-like video interview can be checked out: Neil Young, holding forth on the American presidential campaign. With new album Earth looming ina few weeks, Young agreed to talk a bit about Donald Trump using “Rockin’ In the Free World” last June. Recall that his management said the usage was not authorized, and Trump countered that he had paid the requisite licensing fees.
Young now comments on Trump:
“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. He actually got a license to use it. 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. But if the artist who made it is saying you never spoke to them, if that means something to you, you probably will stop playing it. And it meant something to Donald and he stopped.”
And on Sanders:
“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. I vote in my own way, by making a lot of noise. If you don’t want to listen to me, fine. If you don’t want to vote like I would, don’t. But I still have a voice.”
Young of course won’t be voting in November. He’s Canadian.