Neil Young and the state of the free world

(K. Brent Tomer),

A HURRICANE has blown through rock music since the 1960s, and its name is Neil. The gust is pushing through Europe this summer, as Mr Young tours his anger across the continent. He may be abroad, but he’s got his eye on his adopted country, where a man who denies climate change and incites racial tension is running for president. Donald Trump is using Mr Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” as a campaign song, giving Mr Young one more thing to be grumpy about.

The song contrasts the freedom Americans feel with their horrendous inequality:

I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life,
and what she’s done to it
There’s one more kid
that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love,
never get to be cool.

It is astonishing—or perhaps not quite, given the candidate’s tin ear—that Mr Trump has not noticed an irony in the lyrics as heavy as the…Continue reading

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