Musicians Condemn Politicians Using Their Music

This nothing new, but musicians kind of hate when politicians use their music without being authorized to do so. This goes back decades and there was a famous instance with Reagan and Springsteen, but it’s another GOP candidate who has ruffled some feathers this time.

Donald Trump pissed off Neil Young when he announced his Presidential run in June by playing ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ and now he’s irked R.E.M. by using their song ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’. A spokesperson for Neil Young  came out and said “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” They followed it up by saying “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.” Fast forward a few months to the release of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. Republican candidate Mike Huckabee was in attendance for what became a full-fledged rally and featured another unlawful use of music.

Survivor co-founder Frankie Sullivan reprimanded Mike Huckabee for using ‘Eye of the Tiger’ at the Kim Davis rally in Kentucky saying “I do not like mixing rock and roll with politics; they do not go hand in hand,” He then added “What upset me most was that, once again, my song was being used to further a political agenda – and no one even bothered to ask for permission.” Now let’s get back to R.E.M.

Frontman Michael Stipe took to bassist Mike Mill’s Twitter to give a big ‘fuck you’ to Trump and co.

Alright, so that repeating bit on the top is annoying, but you get the gist. Mills, not Stipe, then got a hold of his own Twitter to comment on Trump.

It didn’t take long for the entire band to issue a statement on their Facebook page to let the world know how they really feel… as if we didn’t already know.

“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here,” Pretty straightforward. “The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.” 

So, basically musicians all over the world are issuing massive ‘fuck you’ warnings to politicians out there who struggle like the dickens to avoid using music they’re not authorized to use.

[Rolling Stone]

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