Blinken sits in with Ukraine bar band for ‘Rockin’ within the Free World’ | EUROtoday

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KYIV — Neil Young songs aren’t sometimes used as instruments of diplomacy. Tuesday evening in wartime Ukraine’s capital, not lengthy earlier than curfew, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken deployed a left-handed guitar within the service of supporting Kyiv in its struggle towards Russia.

Before Blinken grew to become the highest American diplomat, he was a severe rock guitarist — and together with a Ukrainian band, he performed “Rockin’ in the Free World,” a 1989 track by Young, the Canadian American musician, for a packed basement music membership.