He'll debut two songs written for Manning

By Allison Sadlier
September 21, 2016 at 04:39 PM EDT
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Chelsea Manning has found another advocate in Thurston Moore. The former Sonic Youth founding member’s upcoming cassette tape will feature two songs, “Chelsea’s Kiss” and “Sad Saturday,” in support of the U.S. army soldier.

Chelsea Manning received a great deal of attention after becoming imprisoned at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks for divulging classified information to WikiLeaks. Critics have expressed their outrage over Manning’s treatment while in prison. She will undergo gender-confirmation surgery while incarcerated. Manning attempted suicide in July, an act, she wrote in The Guardian, that she will be “punished” in prison for.

“I am not alone in my struggle,” she wrote in the op-ed. “Suicide pervades the trans community. The risk among our trans siblings with no or inadequate treatment is staggering. In comparison with the general population, the risk is a full order of magnitude higher.” And later, “How am I going to explain this to future generations when they look back and ask how I could have been punished for my own desperation? I have absolutely no idea.”

Partial proceeds from the tape will go to the Chelsea Manning Support Network and according to the tape’s preorder site, “will be earmarked for the defense of Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.”

Blank Editions

The tape will begin shipping Oct. 8 and can be preordered here.