Neil Young has posted an open letter to President Trump on his official website (NeilYoungArchive.com) condemning him for once again using his music at his political rallies. At his July 4th celebration in South Dakota near Mt. Rushmore, despite Young's pleas to not do so, Trump doubled down, by not only using Young's “Rockin' In The Free World” as usual — but also “Cowgirl In The Sand” and “Like A Hurricane,” which was heard blasting through the event's PA system.
Neil Young's open letter to Donald Trump from July 6th, 2020:
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 the 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 for your office,