Reprise Records will re-release Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” as a single and a video directed by Michael Moore in late July or early August.
Song, edited by about a minute to bring it under four minutes, appears over the closing credits of Moore’s feature doc “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
“(Michael) did a great job on the edit,” Young told Daily Variety. “I saw the film without the song and then listened to the edited version over the phone, and I was happy with it.”
Young, who was approached by the filmmaker to use the song only recently, said, “It’s the perfect time for this movie.”
The musician presented the film to a packed house Tuesday night at the L.A. Film Festival, where he is this year’s artist in residence.
The video is expected to include footage from the film and of Young performing. The single will include the acoustic version and edited electric version of the song, originally recorded for 1989 album “Freedom.” The song, which criticizes the first President Bush, was a hit on rock radio and has become a staple of classic rock radio.