Graham Nash Asks Spotify to Remove Solo Music: “I Completely Agree With & Support My Friend, Neil Young”


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Graham Nash has released an official statement aligning himself with his longtime musical colleague and friend, Neil Young, regarding Young’s removal of his music from Spotify in opposition to the claims made on the platform’s The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Nash‘s statement in full:

“Having heard the Covid disinformation spread by Joe Rogan on Spotify, I completely agree with and support my friend, Neil Young and I am requesting that my solo recordings be removed from the service.

“There is a difference between being open to varying viewpoints on a matter and knowingly spreading false information which some 270 medical professionals have derided as not only false but dangerous. Likewise, there is a difference between misinformation, in which one is unaware that what is being said is false, versus disinformation which is knowingly false and intended to mislead and sway public opinion. The opinions publicized by Rogan are so dishonest and unsupported by solid facts that Spotify becomes an enabler in a way that costs people their lives.”

Nash has released six solo studio albums over the course of his career, his first being 1974’s Songs for Beginners and his most recent being 2016’s This Path Tonight.

This development from Nash is the latest noteworthy development in this ongoing story, which also inspired Joni Mitchell to request her music be removed as a show of solidarity with Young.

On Monday, Rogan issued a video statement in response to the controversy, which stems over dubious claims made about vaccination and the COVID-19 pandemic by Rogan and some guests on his podcast, one of the most-listened to in the world at the moment.

 

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“The problem I have with the term misinformation, especially today, is that many of the things that we thought of as misinformation just a short while ago are now accepted as fact. Like for instance, eight months ago if you said, ‘If you get vaccinated, you can still catch COVID, and you can still spread COVID,’ you’d be removed from social media. They would ban you from certain platforms. Now, that’s accepted as fact.”

As for Neil Young choosing to remove his music from Spotify:

“I’m very sorry that they feel that way. I most certainly don’t want that. I’m a Neil Young fan, I’ve always been a Neil Young fan.” 

Rogan also went on to say that he has “no hard feelings” towards Young or Mitchell.

“Do I get things wrong? Absolutely I get things wrong. But I try to correct them. Whenever I get something wrong, I try to correct it, because I’m interested in telling the truth and I’m interested in finding what the truth is. And I’m interested in having interesting conversations with people that have differing opinions.”



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