The music of Crosby, Stills & Nash has returned to Spotify five months after band members staged a protest that failed to silence podcaster Joe Rogan.
Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and David Crosby had followed former bandmate Neil Young in February when Young objected to Rogan offering a wide range of opinions on the subject of the COVID-19 vaccine.
But as of Saturday, their music was back on Spotify, according to the New York Post.
The website Billboard quoted a source as saying that proceeds from their music on Spotify would go to various COVID-19 charities for at least a month.
Band member David Crosby sought to distance himself from the move.
“I don’t own it now and the people who do are in business to make money,” he tweeted.
I don’t own it now and the people who do are in business to make money https://t.co/TwyI2z2y1w
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) July 2, 2022
60’s rebels become everything they protested in their youth. https://t.co/4KYjiFWQ8m
— Damian Ranger (@DamianRanger1) July 4, 2022
David Crosby AFAIK sold his catalog of music to a corporation some time ago. Not sure about Stills and Nash. News flash. Corporations exist to make money.
— George Tafelski (@georgetafelski) July 5, 2022
— Paul Ollinger (@Paul_Ollinger) July 5, 2022
In February, Young gave Spotify an ultimatum.
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both,” Young wrote to Warner Records, the Post reported.
The three bandmates whose music has returned then followed suit.
“We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify’s Joe Rogan podcast.”
“While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences,” the band’s statement read.
“Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don’t want our music — or the music we made together — to be on the same platform.”
Rogan responded to the furor caused by Young and others who joined in the protest by offering to share more balanced views.
“I’m not trying to promote misinformation. I’m not trying to be controversial,” he said then.
“I’ve never tried to do anything with this podcast other than just talk to people and have interesting conversations.”
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