Roger Waters denies 'powerful idiot' Mark Zuckerberg's bid to use Pink Floyd song in Instagram ad: 'No f--ing way'
By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Roger Waters won't be another brick in
The Pink Floyd bass player and principal songwriter revealed in a press conference last week that he has rejected Mark Zuckerberg's request to use the British band's 1979 hit "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" in a film to promote Instagram.
And a clip of him calling the
While speaking at a pro-Julian Assange event, Waters, 77, read a letter he claimed was from Zuckerberg. "It arrived this morning, with an offer for a huge, huge amount of money," said the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. "And the answer is, 'F-- you. No f--in' way."
Many in the audience can be heard clapping, and one person on the discussion panel rises to give Waters a standing ovation.
According to the letter that Waters read aloud,
Rogers countered that the social network missed the point of his song. The lyrics, as you may recall, go: "We don't need no education/We don't need no thought control/No dark sarcasm in the classroom/Teacher leave these kids alone/All in all, it's just another brick in the wall/All in all, you're just another brick in the wall."
"And yet, they want to use [this song] to make
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Pink Floyd has long refused to allow the band's music to be used for any advertisements that weren't for a "good cause," although the group did write a song for a Dole bananas spot in the mid-70s to help make rising ticket prices cheaper for their fans (https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/pink-floyd-dole-banana-commercial/).
Waters also brought up Zuckerberg's pre-
This isn't the first time an artist has balked over requests to use their songs, of course. It's especially common for politicians and musicians to butt heads over music rights, with Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and Bob Dole all drawing rebuke over using artists' songs on the campaign trail without their permission.
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The Rolling Stones threatened former President Donald Trump with legal action last year after his re-election campaign repeatedly used their songs at his rallies despite being told to "cease all use" of their singles. And the Stones joined the likes of John Fogerty, the Prince estate, Nickelback and Rihanna in telling the Trump campaign to stop playing their songs.
-Nicole Lyn Pesce; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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