By Noah Yoo.
A massive new 7" singles series has been announced in support of Planned Parenthood, featuring a wide range of musicians, visual artists, comedians, authors.“7-inches for Planned Parenthood” features previously reported contributions from St. Vincent, Chvrches (with an accompanying film clip directed by Kristen Stewart), John Legend, and Zach Galifianakis, plus work by Björk, Bon Iver, Sleater-Kinney, Foo Fighters, The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood, Mary J. Blige, the National’s Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner, Elliott Smith, Common, Feist, Jenny Slate, Janeane Garofalo, Laurie Anderson, Jon Brion, Mitski, Nico Muhly, Margaret Cho, Pete Holmes, Sharon Van Etten, Tig Notaro, Shepard Fairey, and many more. Find the full list of contributors here.
“7-inches for Planned Parenthood” will be released “in batches” digitally in the forthcoming weeks, as well as in a vinyl box set, according to a press release.
The compilation’s organizers, the 7-inches Collective, includes former Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy (currently of the Creative Independent), Matt Berninger of the National, plus many more music industry figures. They shared the following statement about the initiative:
Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there’s a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.
Planned Parenthood will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this 7-inch box set and streaming listens. We see this initiative as the start of something bigger, and hope it will inspire both contributors and listeners to continue to seek out ways to stand with Planned Parenthood and other institutions that are so vital to us all.
John Legend, St. Vincent, and Zach Galifianakis have also shared a new video of their cover of Minnie Riperton’s 1975 hit “Lovin’ You” to promote the compilation. Well—it’s more John Legend and St. Vincent attempting to cover the song while Galifianakis “gives notes.” Watch it below.
This story originally appeared on Pitchfork.
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