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Bon Jovi condemns Sarah Palin's use of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”

John McCain and Sarah Palin aren’t making many friends in the music community during this election. Bon Jovi just joined a long list of artists who are unhappy about their music being appropriated for the McCain/Palin ticket. It seems Palin has been using Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” during her political rallies, forcing staunch Barack Obama supporter Jon Bon Jovi to release the following statement:

"We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past twenty-five years. The song has since become a banner for our home state of New Jersey and the defacto theme song for our partnerships around the country to build homes and rebuild communities. Although we were not asked, we do not approve of their use of 'Home.'"

Bon Jovi joins the Foo Fighters, Heart, Van Halen, John Mellencamp, and Jackson Browne in their protests against usage of their music by the Republican Party during this election. Is there anyone out there who can spare McCain/Palin a tune? Johnny Ramone was famously a Republican, perhaps Palin could start using “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” on the campaign trail? [via NY Mag]
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Did they patent the saying? Can you get arrested for saying it? I can understand Bon boy wanting to go on the record so he's not deemed "uncool," but in principle, it's going too far to complain.

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Actually its not, if she uses the SONG not just the phrase then he has every right to complain. If an artist has a writing credit and retains publishing rights it is his/her music to license as he/she sees fit including objecting to anyone using it especially to endorse their politics.

Also it isn't about cool or uncool, Palin is a moron, anyone Republican/Democrat/Anything who doesn't see that is also a moron.


We went through this with the Heart complaint. As long as the Republicans are paying a fee for a blanket license to ASCAP (Bon Jovi's performing rights organization) then they are authorized to play any song in the ASCAP catalog (including "Who Says You Can't Go Home") in public settings. BJ can send a cease and desist letter and object all they want, even get lawyers involved. But if you've paid that license, you don't need to get direct consent from the publisher if all you're doing is playing it at rallies and whatnot.

I love it that a lot of the great rock acts that represent the "heartland" are staunch democrats.

Maybe Ted Nugent is the answer for the McCain/Palin campaign?

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I agree, bring on the Nuge! He's their only hope.

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I didn't mean to get people riled up politically Dave. Sorry. I'm pretty sure Narfish is right. Yes, everyone knows Palin is a moron just as everyone knows that it's "uncool" to support a Republican. Hey I'm an Obama supporter. Definitely the best man for the job. Wait, Maybe "I" just wanna be cool....

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I think I said, IF, he owns his publishing. I don't know as the ins and outs of the ownership of the Bon Jovi publishing catalogue are beyond my limited brainpower.


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