David Crosby mocks Neil Young for letting Donald Trump use his music

CSN&Y bandmate calls Young’s decision 'a mistake'

David Crosby has mocked Neil Young for allowing Donald Trump to use Young’s music at his political rallies.

Young had previously ordered Presidential candidate Trump to stop using his 1989 song ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ at his Republican party rallies.

On Tuesday (May 24), Young made an about-turn and said that Trump could use the song as a soundtrack after all. Although Young has publicly backed Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders, he explained his decision by saying: “Once the music goes out, everybody can use it for everything.”


Crosby attacked the decision on Twitter. Responding to a fan’s question asking what he thought of Young’s move, Crosby said: “Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. There’s one.”

It’s the latest remark in the fallout from Crosby and Young’s band Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young. Also featuring singers Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, CSN&Y recorded three albums plus a further five without Young.

They reunited for a tour in 2006 and a one-off 2013 appearance for Young’s charity Bridge School. But Crosby and Young fell out when Crosby called Young’s actress partner Daryl Hannah “a purely poisonous predator.” Crosby later apologised, saying: “I’m way more screwed up than that girl.”


However, Graham Nash has also criticised Crosby recently. In March, Crosby told Dutch magazine Lust For Life: “David has been awful to me for the last two years, just fucking awful. I’ve saved his fucking ass for 45 years and he treated me like shit.” Nash released new album ‘This Path Tonight’ in April, his first for 14 years.


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