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David Byrne Tells Rolling Stone Why He's Suing Charlie Crist

After explaining his position once via his website, David Byrne is taking his legal battle with Florida Governor Charlie Crist to the pages of Rolling Stone. To review, the former head of the Talking Heads was incensed when "Road to Nowhere" was used in a political ad by Crist. We took it to the next logical spot and offered up five Talking Heads songs that would have been better suited for Crist's campaign.

The main wrinkle of the story made clear here is that Byrne doesn't license his music for use in any advertising of any kind, and he wasn't about to let up on that stance for a Florida politician that he doesn't support.

Would you sue a candidate that you supported if they also used your

music without permission?


Yes. This is not about politics or about Republicans, Democrats or

Independents. This lawsuit is about maintaining control over the use of

my identity and my music.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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