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Jesse Malin: A Journey of Music, Resilience, and Revival


June 05, 2024

Photo by: Photo Paul Storey

Tribute and Benefit Album: Silver Patron Saints: The Songs of Jesse Malin

Featuring Artists: Bruce Springsteen, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, The Hold Steady, Tommy Stinson, Alison Mossheart with the late, great Wayne Kramer, Tom Morello, Counting Crows, Dinosaur Jr., The Wallflowers, Spoon, Susanna Hoffs, Frank Turner, Rancid and more. ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT JESSE MALIN'S SWEET RELIEF FUND.

'Silver Patron Saints: The Songs of Jesse Malin' is the tribute and benefit Album will be out September 20th on Glassnote Records. Before the album is available we get a peak of whats to come with a cover of Jesse Malin's track, Prisoners of Paradise by Bleachers.Prisoners_of_Paradise_(feat._Bleachers).jpg (242 KB)

Jesse Malin, born and raised in a neighborhood that also gave rise to music legends Paul Simon and The Ramones, began his illustrious career at a tender age. At just 14, he released what is arguably the first-ever New York hardcore single, “God is Dead.” This 1981 debut set the stage for his association with contemporaries like Agnostic Front and Bad Brains.

Malin's journey continued as he became the lead vocalist for D Generation. Alongside his Heart Attack guitarist Danny Sage, guitarist Richard Bacchus, the late bassist Howie Pyro, and drummer Michael Wildwood, the band released four albums. Their self-titled debut was lauded by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as “tough, taut and charged with manic adolescent panic.”

Seeking a more personal and reflective path, Malin launched his solo career in 2003 with the critically acclaimed album "The Fine Art of Self Destruction." Uncut hailed it as Album of the Month, describing Malin as “a fearless storyteller… timeless and immediate,” while Mojo awarded it a five-star review. The Times of London praised his vivid songwriting and compelling delivery, and Rolling Stone’s Fricke likened his style to a blend of Hank Williams, Joe Strummer, Neil Young, and the Ramones, infused with Lower East Side grit and Simon & Garfunkel's Americana pop.

Malin’s solo career saw him performing locally and touring globally, gracing festivals like Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, BST Hyde Park, Sea.Hear.Now, and the Outlaw Country Cruise. He has collaborated with music icons such as Billie Joe Armstrong, Bruce Springsteen, and Lucinda Williams, who produced his 2020 album, "Sunset Kids," earning three Independent Music Awards. His impressive portfolio includes appearances in a Martin Scorsese film, television performances, and widespread press acclaim.

In May 2023, Malin faced a life-altering challenge when he suffered a rare spinal stroke that left him paralyzed from the waist down, just after marking the one-year anniversary of his D Generation bandmate Howie Pyro's passing. Experiencing severe pain that spread from his lumbar region to his heels, Malin was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital by Murphy’s Law singer Jimmy G. In December, Malin shared with Rolling Stone, “I have a lot of anxiety and insomnia. Your mind goes into some dark places. But I just have to keep a positive outlook and believe.” He now undergoes rigorous physical therapy and stem-cell treatments.

Despite the slow progress, Malin remains optimistic. "I am getting some strength back in my legs, but it moves a lot slower than I would like. I don’t want to portray it like I'm ready to do the James Brown splits onstage. I definitely have a long way to go, but I'm blessed and so grateful for the amazing fans and friends that I have,” he told Rolling Stone.

Malin's passion for music as a tool for overcoming adversity endures. A three-disc vinyl tribute set, "Silver Patron Saints," featuring some of his best-known songs, is set to be released on Daniel Glass’ Glassnote Records. All proceeds will benefit Malin’s Sweet Relief artist fund. The album boasts contributions from a stellar lineup of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lucinda Williams, and Elvis Costello, among others.

Known for his philanthropic efforts, Malin's fellow musicians have rallied to support him, with contributions from a diverse range of artists such as The Hold Steady, Tommy Stinson, Dinosaur Jr., The Wallflowers, Spoon, and many more.

Cover of Jesse Malin's track, Prisoners of Paradise by Bleachers from the upcoming tribute and benefit album, Silver Patron Saints, out September 20 via Glassnote Records. Video by Leah Hennessey. 

"While I’ve had to lay low this year healing and recovering my body, one of the greatest gifts has been to hear so many artists that I respect and admire interpret my songs in their own unique ways.  I’ve been so deeply touched by this. I am a big fan of Jack and this is definitely one of my favorites.” - Jesse Malin 

Reflecting on his journey, Malin said, “As always in my songs, the themes are all there… transcendence, positivity and global unity through music…..This is what I love to do, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep doing it. There’s a feeling of liberation that comes with this, but I don’t want to keep repeating myself either. My whole process – since I was 13 – is to progress, evolve and challenge myself on each record. I really hope people in all parts of the world can relate to these songs, just the spectrum of emotions, overcoming by celebrating life through music and art.”

Jesse Malin continues to fight the good fight, embodying resilience and passion through his enduring love of music.

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