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David Bowie's Son Has A Theory About Why Trump Keeps Using His Dad's Music At Rallies

Duncan Jones, the son of late music icon David Bowie, spoke out after Trump played 'Heroes' during his 2024 campaign announcement at Mar-a-Lago.

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Filmmaker Duncan Jones—best known for directing the films Moon and Source Code and for being the son of the late rocker David Bowie—said he thinks former Republican President Donald Trump is playing his father's music during campaign events "to wind me up."

Jones, who has made clear he is no fan of Trump, expressed frustration after Trump played Bowie's song "Heroes" during his recent announcement that he will campaign for the White House in 2024.

Jones' previous attempts to block Trump from using his father's music have not been successful.

He said on Twitter he thinks at this point Trump is using these songs without permission "to wind me up."

Another Twitter user stressed Jones should "stop" Trump from using Bowie's music without permission.

Jones responded Trump used his father's music on the campaign trail in 2016 and he was "told there is little we can do about it."

In light of these tweets, many empathized with Jones' frustration and offered advice on next steps.

Jones is only the latest person to complain about Trump using musical artists' work without authorization.

In 2020, Trump was called out by the estate of the late rocker Tom Petty for using the song "I Won't Back Down" to promote his second presidential campaign.

At the time, Petty's estate said Petty—who made no secret of his progressive politics when he was alive—would have disapproved of Trump's use of the song, saying Trump "was in no way authorized" to use it "to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind."

Other artists—including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Elton John, and Adele—have complained about Trump using their songs during his campaign events, a point of contention for them as they don't identify with and don't want to be perceived as promoting Trumpian politics.

This week, the estate of soul musician Isaac Hayes indicated it would pursue legal action against Trump for using Hayes' song “Hold On I’m Coming" during the recent campaign announcement.