Folk-rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash has caved and allowed its music back on Spotify after pulling it from he streaming platform to protest Joe Rogan’s hit podcast.
The members of the group, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, joined with their old bandmate Neil Young to protest Spotify’s streaming of Rogan’s show, which they described as “dangerous.”
The U-turn comes five months after they asked their record label to remove their music from Spotify in support of Young’s Rogan protest.
According to Billboard, “their music is available via Spotify as of Saturday (July 2).
“CSN will donate proceeds from streams to COVID-19 charities for at least a month, a source tells Billboard
“…The dispute between Young and Spotify began when Young released an open letter on Jan. 24 that demanded his catalog be removed from the streaming service due to COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation spread by Joe Rogan, whose Joe Rogan Experience podcast is exclusive to Spotify.”
Five months after removing their music from Spotify, Crosby, Stills & Nash can once again be heard on the streaming service: https://t.co/eSJh4tnRU5
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The band said in a statement at the time:
“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.
“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 refused to back down saying, “I had them on and because of that, those episodes, in particular, were labeled as being dangerous, they had dangerous misinformation,” before adding he’ll “do my best to try to balance out these more controversial viewpoints with other people perspectives so we can maybe find a better point of view.”
“I will quit. If it gets to a point that I can’t do it anymore, where I have to do it in some sort of weird way where I walk on eggshells and mind my p’s and q’s, f*ck that.
“There’s more people pouring over it but it’s the same thing. I do it the same way.
“If I become something different because it grew bigger, I will quit.”