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05 October 2022

David Byrne, REM, Pearl Jam And More For Abortion Rights Benefit Album

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David Byrne, R.E.M., Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, Pearl Jam, Death Cab For Cutie, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Sleater-Kinney are among the artists contributing rare or previously unreleased music to Good Music To Ensure Safe Abortion Access To All, a benefit compilation that will be available for only 24 hours on Bandcamp starting at midnight ET Friday 7 October.

Proceeds will benefit organisations facilitating abortion access for those impacted by new restrictions and regulations in their home states, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The cover art for the collection was drawn by Kim Gordon and is also available in t-shirt form through compilation partner NOISE FOR NOW.

No track list has yet been made available, but Pearl Jam announced on Twitter that they would be contributing a live version of Porch from a 28 June show in Frankurt, Germany.

Good Music To Ensure Safe Abortion Access To All will also include contributions from Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Cat Power, Devo, Dirty Projectors, Fleet Foxes, Foals, Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, She & Him, Fleet Foxes, Mac DeMarco, Maya Hawke, My Morning Jacket, Sleater-Kinney, Soccer Mommy, Squirrel Flower, Sunflower Bean, Tegan and Sara, Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, The Album Leaf, The Regrettes, Tune-Yards, Ty Segall, Pluralone, Tenacious D, Wet Leg and more.

The project was assembled by author Dave Eggers and veteran music manager Jordan Kurland, in collaboration with Like Management, NOISE FOR NOW, Panache Management, TMWRK and Q Prime. It follows a series of other benefit albums produced by the pair, including the two-volume 2020 album Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, which raised more than $600,000.

100% of the net proceeds from the sales will be donated to Brigid Alliance, Abortion Care Network, and NOISE FOR NOW.

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