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July 17, 2009

Press Release

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Press release for Friday 17th July 2009
“Barbara Ward and the Ward-Knox family would like to thank everyone that has assisted them over the 5 weeks since Chris’ stroke – from cards & letters, to gifts, dinners, lawn-mowing, and much more. There are so many individual people that we simply can’t get back to everyone to express our gratitude at this time, but your efforts have made a difficult period in our lives much easier.
“We’d particularly like to thank MGMT & Sony for organizing the upcoming show on Monday night at the Bacco Room. It’s a very kind offer from MGMT who the Tall Dwarfs were about to play two shows with next week.
“We are currently organising an album of cover versions of Chris’ songs which will be called ‘Stroke’. We are thrilled by the line-up, which includes such people as David Kilgour, The Mint Chicks, Lou Barlow, Graeme Downs, Guided By Voices, The Mountain Goats, Jay Clarkson, Martin Phillips, Jay Reatard, Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, Shane Carter, Pumice, Alec Bathgate, Will Oldham, Jeff Mangum, and Bill Callahan.  It’s an exciting project, which will also give Chris’ friends and well-wishers an opportunity to contribute to Chris’ future.
“Chris is re-learning the skills that have been affected by the stroke. The stroke has affected the speech & language centers of Chris’ brain & the right side of his body. It looks like it could be a long recovery process, but Chris is still Chris with the same sense of humour & joy & love & taste & smarts & appreciation of the absurdity of life that he has always had.  Chris’ attitude to life remains positive, and he is currently a big fan of electric toothbrushes, iPods & poker. He also still delivers a good tune.
“We appreciate that people remain interested in Chris’ recovery and ask that the media continue to respect his privacy. ”

Roy Martyn


  1.   Barry S. — July 18, 2009 @ 2:36 am    

    It’s good to see lots of folks stepping up to help!

    Great to hear that Chris is fighting a good fight here also. Just by his song’s lyrics and musical asthetic ….well….I knew he was a fighter all of his life. That helps a lot. I also hope Chris has the best on therapists,…..since we are fighting autism in our child,I now know they make a big difference.

    As far as musical recovery ,….well,look at Robert Wyatt’s career. He’s got to be inspiration for lots of folks too. Bless you all! Thanks for these updates.

  2.   KJ Mcguill — July 19, 2009 @ 10:26 pm    

    Is there any email to get a hold someone about possibly submitting a cover?

  3.   Angela T — July 21, 2009 @ 9:52 am    

    Hi beautiful Ward-Knox whanau,

    I must have been hiding under a rock at Cornwallis as I have just caught up with what is happening from Andrea at Presentz.

    I’m back on board with the GLP Festival and would like to honour Chris and you guys for all he has given to the neighbourhood.

    Not sure how to get in contact without knocking on your front door….don’t know if that is cool or not.

    Hopefully someone can get back to me…maybe the blogger, Roy

    Keep up the good fight, I know Chris is such a warrior and will continue to do the best with where he’s at

    All our love and Prayers….

  4.   jaf — July 21, 2009 @ 8:41 pm    

    After holidaying my heart out for past six weeks this news has just reached me. Needless to say, I wish Chris awrabest from Scotland and he should take heart from the fact that the last gig I went to was Edwyn Collins, whose sparkling wit and twinkling eyes are gracing stages once more after his similarly terrible illness.

    That compilation will be awesome.

    Keep up the good work everyone, esp Chris. Go on yersel big man.


  5.   Cecile Cloutier — July 22, 2009 @ 2:46 am    

    Chris and family and friends:

    I talked to my dad, who also had a massive stroke for some advice. It is:

    Keep doing the physical therapy. If you find yourself going standing still or even going backwards, keep doing the physical therapy.

    He says, “At first, I only could get two or three words on the crossword puzzle. But now I can finish it!”

    Hope this helps. Really enjoying the new Nothing CD, which I just got.

    take care, and my thoughts are with all ya’ll
    Cecile Cloutier

  6.   Jean Smith — July 22, 2009 @ 8:08 am    

    Chris — it’s you that we LOVE !!! LOVE not given lightly…

    — sending strong healing vibes from Vancouver Canada

    with our love,
    Jean and David — Mecca Normal

  7.   Jessie — July 22, 2009 @ 8:20 am    

    Wow that is some wonderful support. Kia kaha.

  8.   Stephanie — July 22, 2009 @ 9:04 am    

    I read about Chris’s stroke on I’m a 30 year old from New York who suffered a stroke in March. At first my prognosis was unclear; I couldn’t walk or spell or add or remember how to tie my shoes. . . . But now, four months later, aside from a loss of sensation in my right hand, I’m completely fine. Therapy is a pain, but it’s worth the effort. Anyway, hang in there.

  9.   Bjarki — July 22, 2009 @ 12:35 pm    

    Jeff Mangum!

    jeff mangum?


  10.   Charles — July 22, 2009 @ 5:50 pm    

    I got into Chris music from talks with Jay Reatard, and the Kiwi Tapes blog, he is a greatly talented song writer, and musician, and I wish him a speedy and successful recovery. I haven’t seen anything as far as donations go, but is there a place we can donate, we we so inclined to do so? Get well, Chris

  11.   Paul Sundeen — July 26, 2009 @ 10:02 am    

    um, right – did they just say Jeff Fucking Mangum?

    not to sound a douche but chris, if your stroke ends up ultimately getting this guy into a studio to produce God knows what then hopefully you feel it was in some way worth it for the good of Mankind.

    i will be buying this record, (GREAT title btw!), and should such events unfold will donate a large sum of cash to you or any charity you desire. holy shit Jeff Mangum.


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