Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Deja Vu: Crosby, Stills & Nash Return to Spotify After Joe Rogan Boycott Without Neil Young or Joni Mitchell Songs


Remember back when Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan was spouting misinformation about vaccines and COVID? Neil Young took his music from the streamer, followed by Joni Mitchell.

Right after that, Crosby, Stills and Nash all did the same.

Well, guess who’s back?

Crosby, Stills, and Nash have returned to Spotify as of yesterday according to Billboard.

But I can tell you that Neil and Joni have not caved in. Almost everything they could remove is still absent from the service.

Not only that: Neil’s famous album with the trio, “Deja Vu,” is only partially restored. The songs written by Young or Mitchell — including “Woodstock” and “Helpless” — are not available.

“Four Way Street,” the live album of “Deja Vu,” remains completely off of Spotify. So do any Young songs that appeared on any of the other guys’ solo albums.

I’m a little surprised about Nash and Crosby. They’ve always been politically active. But Spotify represents what’s left of income for most legacy artists. CDs don’t sell, vinyl is a niche market, and touring is iffy right now. The trio also sold their publishing rights and catalogs last year to different firms for cash. It may be that those groups have insisted on returning so their investments can be realized.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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