Joey Ramone Estate Auctions Memorabilia to Aid Jesse Malin's Stroke Recovery

Malin was paralyzed from the waist down following a rare spinal stroke in June

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 11, 2023

Seven months after suffering a rare spinal stroke, Jesse Malin – the singer-songwriter once known for fronting glam punk band D Generation — has offered an update on his recovery, and the estate of Joey Ramone is auctioning off Ramones memorabilia to help fund his treatment.

As per Rolling Stone, Malin has been doing a strict daily rehabilitation routine since late September, combining hours of physical therapy with stem cell treatments at a clinic in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"They only want people that are very serious and not just playing around," the musician said of the "alternative road" to recovery the South American treatment centre offers, with his health insurance having limited New York-based therapies to twice a week. His Lower East Side walk-up was also not ADA-compliant.

Malin originally wanted to preserve his privacy amid his recovery. "But everyone's been so great and supportive that I felt it was time to let people know what's up," he said, citing donations made to his recovery fund and the proceeds from exclusive merch drops that have helped pay for his medical expenses.

And now, the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has partnered with Ramone's estate to host an auction of the late singer's clothing and memorabilia to aid in funding Malin's treatment — they had been friends and toured together back in the day.

"The amount of people checking and sending love is so touching and flattering that sometimes it's painful," he added. "It's just so real that it often makes me cry, but talking about it is liberating."

Malin has also shared the music video for the title track of his debut album The Fine Art of Self Destruction, which he recorded and rearranged with guitarist Derek Cruz to commemorate its 20th anniversary. You can check that out below.

"I have a lot of anxiety and insomnia," Malin admitted. "Your mind goes into some dark places. But I just have to keep a positive outlook and believe. I think of that Bruce Springsteen song 'Stolen Car,' when he says, 'I'm driving a stolen car through a pitch-black night / I keep telling myself everything's gonna be alright.' But it all feels like one long, tough day."


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