'Rock Starbucks' is the musician's latest instance of hitting out at the coffee chain
Neil Young has shared a new song called ‘Rock Starbucks’, hitting out at the coffee chain.
The track criticises the company for its alleged involvement with agrochemical company Monsanto and its use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and isn’t the first public statement Young has made against Starbucks, after he called for fans to boycott the store in 2014.
A law was passed in Vermont in 2014 that requires food producers to label all food containing GMOs by July 2016, apart from dairy products, meat, alcohol and food served in restaurants. Monsanto are among the companies fighting the new regulation. You can listen to the track on the newscast below, via Stereogum.
‘Rock Starbucks’ is reportedly set to be included on Young’s next album, a concept album called ‘The Monsanto Years’. Young is reportedly making the album with Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah, with whom he played a surprise show in San Luis Obispo, California earlier this year.
Young will release a documentary film about the making of the record alongside the LP. A screening of a “work in progress” version of the unfinished documentary was aired last month in New York, with Young prefacing the event by saying “No auto tune or vocal booths were used, and no ears were harmed in the making of this record”.
The record, which features protest songs against controversial agricultural company Monsanto, will be released on June 16.