We want to share with you this message from Ivan’s dear friend, former bandmate Richard Hell, who will also play the sold out May 4 concert at City Winery NYC.
“I’ve known Ivan since he was 21, in spring 1976 (40 years ago), when Bob Quine and Marc Bell and I were auditioning people to become Quine’s Voidoid co-guitarist. Bob was so impressed by Ivan’s chops, he copped the slot on the spot. He’s only gotten better, year after year, as a player and all around monster of goodness, and that’s the truth. I love him. It’s horrible that he has to suffer some terribly painful, life-threatening illness, and have it ravage him financially as well. American barbarism. What’s left are his friends, admirers, and sympathizers.”
Heart on Fire: The Ivan Julian Fund
“Each night as stars shine bright, another heart burns in the light” – by Ivan Julian
Almost immediately after writing and recording new material – two things Ivan Julian – a forefather of the punk rock movement in NYC – loves most, he was diagnosed with cancer. The prognosis looks optimistic, but Ivan has been unable to work for several months and when he’ll be able to return is indefinite while he undergoes treatment and the aftermath. This is a direct impact on his income. Working musicians know that the music world is a month to month gamble at best, without benefits like disability or paid sick leave. Ivan is facing substantial out of pocket medical costs and the challenge of meeting the essential cost of living.
Please help Ivan Julian by donating to his Go Fund Me page: