Tom Morello, Thurston Moore, Against Me! Lead Chelsea Manning Benefit Record "Hugs For Chelsea"
Wed, 17 May 2017 09:40:52
This week will see the release of Chelsea Manning from prison. Musicians, principally from the world of indie and alternative rock, lead by Tom Morello, Thurston Moore and Against Me! have gathered to contribute to a new benefit compilation called Hugs For Chelsea. The purpose of the album is two-fold — it's a celebration of the release of Manning, and it's hope is to raise funds to help support the whistleblower as she makes her return to free life.
Manning, who has been incarcerated for seven years, was serving thirty five years in prison — the longest sentence ever issued for a leak in U.S. history. In January former President Obama commuted the sentence.
Adding their energy to the cause are Anti-Flag, Amanda Palmer, Kimya Dawson, Sammus, Downtown Boys, and Priests. For the main part songs on the compilation have previously been available elsewhere on the contributing artists formal releases. However, there are previously unreleased tracks from Ted Leo, Screaming Females and Mirah.
On the album there are several songs which were written with Manning as an inspiration. Manning was sentenced in 2013 after pleading guilty to providing hundred of thousands of documents to Wikileaks.
On the collection Thurston Moore's "Chelsea's Kiss" was released in 2016, while Graham Nash shared "Almost Gone" — a collaboration with James Raymond — in 2013, this song protested not only the arrest, but also the harsh conditions that Manning was dealt.
"Chelsea Manning is one of my heroes," Nash explained. "Anyone that has the courage to disturb the 'status quo,' to 'rock the boat' as she did is very brave and what she did was show some truth to the American people about what the government was doing in our name."
Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe recorded and shared a video promoting the project. You can watch that clip below.
Along with Hugs for Chelsea, Manning's attorney have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise additional funds for Manning.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff