“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” Young, 69, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday through his longtime manager, Elliot Roberts. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of
Young, a two-time
In recent years, however, Young has been actively involved in the development of green alternatives to gasoline-powered automobiles, devoting considerable time, energy and resources to the LincVolt, a converted 1959 Lincoln Continental that runs on electricity and biodiesel fuel.
"Rockin' in the Free World" was released in 1989 on Young's "Freedom" album, a song that addressed the meaning of patriotism in a world in which drug-addicted mothers could abandon their babies and in which the environment continued to be threatened by pollution.
Young referenced then-Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush's plea for a "kinder, gentler nation" and his "thousand points of light" description of the nation's history of volunteerism as he sang: "We got a thousand points of light / for the homeless man / We got a kinder, gentler machine gun hand."
Many rockers, including
Roberts said he has contacted Trump's camp and requested that it stop using the song.