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Thurston Moore Is Releasing a Song About Chelsea Manning

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Musician Thurston Moore performs on stage, presented by Norton and Pandora, part of the Boldly Go by Norton Concert Series, powered by Pandora on December 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Pandora Media)

Thurston Moore is set to release a new song in support of imprisoned U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. It’s titled “Chelsea’s Kiss,” and it arrives October 8 via Blank Editions as part of the U.K. celebration of Cassette Store Day.

Moore’s forthcoming tape also includes a b-side called “Sad Saturday,” cover artwork based on a selfie of Manning, and an insert that unfolds to read “Free Chelsea Manning.” Per Blank Editions’ website, a portion of proceeds will benefit the Chelsea Manning Support Network. The tape is available for pre-order here.

In 2014, Moore joined PJ Harvey, M.I.A., and other celebrities to sign a petition in support of Manning, after she was sentenced to 35 years in military prison for turning over a cache of military and diplomatic records pertaining to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Wikileaks. Manning, who came out as transgender after her conviction in 2013, recently ended a hunger strike after the military agreed to provide her with prescribed gender-affirming surgery.