Neil Young Issues Open Letter To President Donald Trump
Neil Young wrote a letter to President Donald Trump that was published on NeilYoungArchives.com. Young’s note comes after the artist made repeated requests for Trump not to play his music at his rallies, which the president has ignored.
Audio of Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” and “Like A Hurricane” was played this past Friday during a White House event at Mount Rushmore in honor of Independence Day. Neil took to Twitter to note, “This is NOT ok with me” in response to a video in which “Rockin’ In The Free World” could be heard. In the open letter, Neil Young asks the president to listen to “Looking For A Leader 2020” from the latest Fireside Sessions video. “I believe it would be an interesting addition to your next rally,” Young said of the song in which he changed the lyrics to reference his issues with POTUS.
Read the full text of Young’s open letter below:
Dear Mr. President:
Although I have repeatedly asked you to please not use my music because it indicates that I support your agenda, you have always played my songs anyway at your gatherings, with no regard for my rights, even calling me names on twitter.
I did notice that you played my music at your latest rally in Dakota despite my previous requests.
Because you are in charge of the Covid 19 response here in the USA, I will not sue you, (as certainly is my right) potentially distracting from your important work at hand protecting and saving American lives. With the enormous power you wield on our behalf, I wish you all the best in your critical battle to save American souls from this threat. I know you will do your best for all Americans, regardless of political leanings. I give you my encouragement in your efforts to Unify America.
I suggest you listen to my song ‘Looking For A Leader 2020,” available on my website, neilyoungarchives.com as part of a work I recently completed with my wife- “The Porch Episode,” as I believe it would be an interesting addition to your next rally.
With respect to your office,