Thurston Moore releasing cassette single in support of Chelsea Manning

'Chelsea's Kiss' set for Cassette Store Day

Former Sonic Youth member Thurston Moore is to release a cassette single in support of Chelsea Manning.

Manning is a former soldier who is currently held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. She began a hunger strike earlier this month to protest her treatment at the barracks.

She’s since announced that she is ending her hunger strike because the army has agreed to allow her to get medical treatment for her gender dysphoria.

Moore will be releasing ‘Chelsea’s Kiss’ as an A-side of a Cassette Store Day single along with another song called ‘Sad Saturday.’

Partial proceeds will go to the Chelsea Manning Support Network, and will be earmarked for the defense of former Pvt. Manning. The tape also comes with a double-sided J card with Free Chelsea Manning on the inside.

Earlier this month (September 14) R.E.M member Michael Stipe shared a video in support of Chelsea Manning. Before news of Manning ending her hunger strike broke, Stipe released a video in support of her, encouraging people to sign a petition which called for her fair treatment.

In the clip Stipe says that he “supports human rights for all people” and that “as an American patriot” it is his duty to stand with Chelsea Manning.