Thurston Moore joins effort to free Chelsea Manning with new single

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Proceeds will go toward the Chelsea Manning Support Network.

Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore will release a new single next month in support of the effort to free U.S. Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning

The song, "Chelsea's Kiss," will arrive as part of Cassette Store Day, and proceeds will go toward the Chelsea Manning Support Network.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. Her 35-year prison sentence is being served at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Leavenworth, Kansas. As the Daily Dot reported, Manning, a transgender woman, "suffers from gender dysphoria (as diagnosed by military doctors) and in July attempted to end her own life, later citing a lack of appropriate treatment as the cause."

According to Pitchfork, Moore's track is a collaboration with Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine and James Sedwards of Nøught. "Chelsea's Kiss" comes via Blank Editions on Oct. 8, along with an IRL London release party at Lion Coffee + Records.

H/T Pitchfork

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Julian Assange declared on Twitter that he’d be willing to enter American prison if Chelsea Manning were released from Leavenworth. Manning, a transgender woman diagnosed with gender dysphoria by the U.S. Army, is serving the remainder of a 35-year prison sentence for leaking sensitive government files to WikiLeaks. She's also currently facing new charges stemming from a suicide attempt two months ago. It’s unclear whether Assange’s offer is going to receive any serious co...
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