Talib Kweli, Thurston Moore, and Against Me! Appear on Chelsea Manning Benefit Album
Chelsea Manning's benefit album also features unreleased material from Ted Leo, Screaming Females, and Mirah.
Over 30 artists are featured on Hugs For Chelsea, 32-track benefit album dedicated to the U.S. soldier-turned-whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Talib Kweli, Thurston Moore, Against Me!, and Tom Morello are only some of the names that appear. The bulk of the album features previously released material, but it also features unreleased tracks from Ted Leo, Screaming Females, and Mirah.
The album’s announcement was made shortly after it was reported that Manning would be released from prison. Originally sentenced to a 35-year prison term, Manning had her sentence commuted by former President Barack Obama in one of his final acts. Manning was freed 28 years early after serving seven years at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
All of the proceeds will go to Manning, to "help cover her basic survival needs as she is released from 7 years of incarceration," states the album's Bandcamp page. Since her sentencing, Manning has become both a polarizing figure for her actions, an icon in the LBGT community, and a cause the music community has rallied behind.