Neil Young Demands Spotify To Remove Joe Rogan Or His Catalog

The perpetually-introspective Neil Young is demanding Spotify remove his music as long as it continues to host The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) podcast on its digital platform.

Rolling Stone reported that Young posted a letter on, now deleted, to a Warner Bros. executive and his manager that said he wants his songs and albums removed because JRE episodes cast “fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them.”

“They can have Rogan or Young but not both,” Young’s letter said.

On January 12, Rolling Stone published a story titled, “A Menace to Public Health” Doctors Demand Spotify Put an End to Covid Lies on Joe Rogan Experience,” detailing how 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter to Spotify to take action against JRE spreading “misinformation on the platform.”

The dustup that now includes Young began when a JRE episode featured Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist who says he is one of the inventors of mRNA technology – Malone recently was banned from Twitter for spreading false information – who claimed people who received a Covid vaccine are experiencing “mass formation psychosis” and are hypnotized, an assertion Eric Clapton also recently espoused.  

The Rolling Stone story said Young’s letter asserted that with 11 million listeners per episode, JRE exerts a tremendous influence over the public and that Spotify “has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform.” The magazine also noted Spotify currently has no misinformation policy.

As of 12:00 p.m. PST Jan. 25, Young’s music still appears on Spotify, including his latest studio album “Barn,” a 10-track rocker recorded with his long-time band Crazy Horse.

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