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June 16, 2009

…seems more like a punch than a stroke to me …

Hi Everyone – It’s been a rough time since Thursday but it’s also been amazing to see all the love and concern pouring in for Chris. Thanks so much for all your kind comments – we’re going to get a mate to read them to Chris soon! Chris is stable this morning but, sorry, we don’t really have any more detail for you today.

We’re having lots of people wanting to help in some way & we thought the best thing to do if you wanna help is to buy a Chris Knox & The Nothing album – there are two y’know, the one with a plethora of ideas shamelessly ripped-off from the Fabs called “Chris Knox and The Nothing”, and “A Warm Gun”, which NZ music journo Grant Smithies described as having Chris’ “trademark mix of tenderness and disgust”. Grant also said that “it’s the sound of somebody that is at the peak of his musical powers, still doing interesting things. It’s got his best singing on it for years. He sings one whole song in falsetto. That’s just marvellous” …… and heck who knows, you may even like ’em!

You can buy the CDs from Rhythm at Three Lamps on Ponsonby Road in Auckland or from Smoke CDs – good ol’ Peter Baker from Rhythmethod has kindly set things up to maximise the bucks going to Chris & family by foregoing his distribution fee! Whadda guy.

Roy Martyn


  1.   emweb — June 16, 2009 @ 3:10 pm    

    Good thinking, as I imagine his income will be affected for a while. I’m looking forward to that Tall Dwarfs tour being rescheduled, too.

  2.   Russell Brown — June 16, 2009 @ 4:41 pm    

    Nice. Any chance of teeing up a digital download version on the same basis?

  3.   rocket j squirrel — June 16, 2009 @ 5:16 pm    

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the trials of Chris and the Knox family and his friends. I learned of Chris Knox’s music when I started deejaying at KFJC 89.7 FM almost 20 years ago! I have had the fortune to see him play live and he is one of those artists I always come back to and enjoy playing on air.

    Get well, Mr. Knox !!!
    your pals in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

  4.   Grace Dalley — June 16, 2009 @ 5:32 pm    

    I bought Chris Knox and the Nothing on itunes but they don’t have A Warm Gun!

    Get better soon Chris!! You’re a legend and we’re all thinking of you and your family.

  5.   Anna — June 16, 2009 @ 6:24 pm    

    Good idea, family and friends of Chris :-)

  6.   Matthew Lawrence — June 16, 2009 @ 7:34 pm    

    Sorry to hear about your stroke Chris, through a friend of mine Bruce Hopkins who I used to work with in NZ many years ago. I live in the Shetland Isles now. I know how strokes can affect people’s lives and traumatically too. Keep fighting so you can play more music and maybe one day visit us here in Shetland and perform at one of our festivals.

  7.   Gregory Earl — June 16, 2009 @ 10:40 pm    

    Chris, I hope I’m the first to post this here. This is a link going on at the Steve Hoffman Forum. And btw….get well soon dude.

    Gregory Earl

  8.   koal — June 16, 2009 @ 11:41 pm    

    hope you get well soon – a long time never seen fan from vienna, austria

  9.   LC — June 17, 2009 @ 1:07 am    

    Greetings and thanks so much for keeping everyone updated. I’m over in the States and wonder how I can find some of Chris’s music to “help the cause” and celebrate his art. Are there any retailers that specialize in New Zealand imports? I saw Chris in concert about 15 years ago when he toured with Barbara Manning. It was a great night.

    Thanks again. I wish Chris well.

  10.   Mark — June 17, 2009 @ 1:28 am    

    And in case you already have all of Chris Knox’s albums… buy one or two extra to give away as presents to people who’ve never heard of the man before! :-)

  11.   Simon — June 17, 2009 @ 2:51 am    

    Get well soon Chris wishing you a speedy recovery :-)

  12.   Cecile Cloutier — June 17, 2009 @ 8:58 am    

    I will pick up the Nothing discs posthaste. SmokeCDs is a great online vendor, too.

    Stable is great news!

  13.   Tony Sutorius — June 17, 2009 @ 10:27 am    

    Kia kaha Chris, Barbera and whanau.
    High definition good vibes being transmitted live from Unreal Films….

  14.   sal devereaux — June 17, 2009 @ 2:00 pm    

    dear chris, God bless you chris and i pray for a speedy recovery for you. i’ve seen you play in austin several times and you are AMAZING!!!! your song “and i will cry” is one of my most favorite songs in the husband use to cover it:) anyway, just wanted to tell you that i love you and jesus loves you. ask Him for help and he will give it to you. peace, sal

  15.   Wilkie — June 17, 2009 @ 3:34 pm    

    Get well soon Chris!!!
    Your the god of NZ music!!!

  16.   Dallas Bradley — June 17, 2009 @ 7:38 pm    

    Thinking of you from Invers. As I said to a friend who recently had a stroke “Get stokin, not strokin” – but be patient in your recovery.

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