The US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, removing the federal protection over safe and reliable access to abortion services, might feel like a situation developing on the other side of the world to some of our Australian readers. Having said that, given our natural state as an interconnected species, distance hasn’t stopped most of us from feeling a sense of despair, compounded further by the lack of any real way to help. Fortunately, like it often does in such dark times, the music community has come together with a plan, one that involves many of your favourite musicians.
Good Music, in collaboration with Noise For Now and a huge cohort of musicians, have announced the compilation album Good Music To Ensure Safe Abortion Access To All, from which 100% of net profits will go to abortion rights organisations Abortion Care, The Brigid Alliance and Noise For Now. The benefit album gives us the opportunity to do good, all the while copping hitherto unheard material from Tenacious D, Pearl Jam, Sleater-Kinney, Maya Hawke, Wet Leg, Tegan & Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and so many more. The album is made up of 49 tracks in total – behold the entire lineup below – featuring “new songs, covers, remixes, live versions & unreleased demos.”
The album will only be available for 24 hours, from 6pm AEDT (12am EST) Friday, 7th October, partaking in Bandcamp’s beloved Friday initiative, where for the first Friday of each month, the platform waives its revenue share. Good Music To Ensure Safe Abortion Access To All also features album art designed by Kim Gordon, which will also be available as a t-shirt. Pre-orders for that are live now.
Good Music is developing a habit of making large differences to important causes. You may recall their previous compilation album, 2020’s Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy, which raised just under AUD$1 million in donations.