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Neil Young performs his Monsanto-slamming song ‘Rock Starbucks’

‘I’d like to start my day off without helping Monsanto.’


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on May 23, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 6:36 pm CDT

The Monsanto Years, Neil Young’s upcoming LP with Willie Nelson’s sons’ band Promise of the Real, is targeting the GMO giant Monsanto—with one of the songs hitting at the heart of our coffee obsession.

The LP won’t be out until June 16, but Democracy Now has an exclusive clip of a live performance of “Rock Starbucks.” Starbucks is allegedly tied to Monsanto, which Young pointed out when he encouraged fans to boycott the company last year.

The song starts around the 26:23 mark and features Young and Promise of the Real drinking their coffee while they sing about the two companies’ ties with each other. After all, they just want a cup of coffee like the rest of us. They just don’t want a GMO with their cream and sugar.

H/T Pitchfork | Photo via Takahiro Kyono/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: May 23, 2015, 3:54 pm CDT