Neil Young's crazy road to success

Young has removed his music from Spotify in protest of Joe Rogan's podcast

Stars Insider

27/01/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Canadian musician Neil Young is one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the business. His beautifully melodic guitar work, deeply personal lyrics, and haunting singing voice define his long and illustrious career. Now in his seventies and celebrated as much for his environmentalism and charitable causes as his music, Young continues to perform around the world and remains a vocal political and social activist.

Most recently, Young has used his platform to speak out against those who spread misinformation amid the pandemic. In particular, he's going after the controversial podcaster, Joe Rogan. Although Rogan never claims to be a scientific expert, he does have a following of millions of listeners who hang on his every word. He has been accused of spreading false information about the COVID-19 virus, vaccines, and treatments. More than 270 doctors signed a letter petitioning Spotify to remove his podcast, without success. Neil Young backed them up with an open letter stating that he would not share the streaming platform with someone who spreads "life-threatening COVID misinformation." He pulled the ultimate power move and has chosen to have all of his music removed from Spotify in protest. Spotify released a statement saying they regret Young's decision and always do their best to balance creative freedom with the safety of the listeners. 'The Joe Rogan Experience' is their number one podcast.

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