David Crosby has responded to a fan request about why the Crosby, Stills & Nash music catalog is back on Spotify.
The group, consisting of Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills, decided earlier this year to remove their music from the audio streaming platform in solidarity with former bandmate Neil Young.
The 76-year-old’s music was removed from Spotify earlier this year after Young protested the spread of Covid misinformation The Joe Rogan Experience, This is one of the most popular podcasts on the platform.
However, the band’s music seems to have been back on the streaming platform since then.
On Saturday, July 2nd, when asked by a fan why the band’s music had returned to Spotify, Crosby wrote, “I don’t own it [the music] now and the people who do it are in business to make money.”
In January, Young was widely credited for releasing a now-removed open letter to his manager and record company, which said, “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, [The Joe Rogan Experience]hosted exclusively on Spotify is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous impact.
He added: “I want you to let Spotify TODAY know right away that I want all my music off their platform… You can have Rogan or you can have Young. Not both.”
Young joined the folk rock supergroup in 1969, which became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with his recording.
However, the band has not performed together since 2013. During an interview with The guard, Crosby described Young as “the most self-absorbed, self-obsessed, selfish person I know”.
Crosby also admitted he doesn’t speak to Nash, saying, “Graham just went from being the guy I thought was my best friend to a guy who’s definitely my enemy, so I don’t see any future in that at all… He seemed to care about me, but apparently it was all just an attempt to get the money.”
After Young’s ultimatum, other artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist Nils Lofgren and Indie.Arie followed suit, urging Spotify to remove their work over the continued association with Rogan’s podcast.
Author Roxane Gay and comedian Stewart Lee also joined the boycott, with Gay withdrawing her podcastThe Roxane Gay Agenda and Lee removed his stand-up catalog from Spotify.
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