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Originally published on RollingStone.com By: Joseph Hudak | June 14, 2023

The New York troubadour has been paralyzed since May: “There’s moments in the day where you want to cry, and where you’re scared”

“Even though this has been the hardest time of my life, there’s been some gifts,” Malin says. “I knew I had some great friends and great fans and people in this world, and I’m getting to see a lot of that — though I would have really preferred a birthday party than to find out this way.”

On the last Saturday of March at New York’s Webster Hall, Jesse Malin was doing what he’s done a thousand times before: leaping off the stage and wading through a sold-out crowd toward the back bar, which he climbed atop to lead a singalong of his song “She Don’t Love Me Now.”

Malin’s parting-the-Red-Sea bit with his microphone – he requests two 50-foot cords at every show; “the extra linguine,” he calls it – is a signature of his concerts, and it’s how he wants his fans to visualize him right now: walking, strutting, and dancing to and from the stage.

Jesse Malin needs your help. It’s been more than a month since he was diagnosed with a complete spinal injury. Jesse is currently paralyzed from the waist down.

He is under neurological care at Langone Orthopedic Center at NYU Hospital. His diagnosis is inoperable. There is hope but it will be a long hard road using both traditional and alternative medical therapies to get him back on his feet following this very tragic diagnosis.

Jesse is going through so much physically and emotionally. His insurance is good but it will not cover many of his expenses beyond acute care. Your donation can help relieve him of the added pressures associated with the enormous expense of his immediate and long term care.

Jesse is a lifelong artist who has made amazing accomplishments over the years in devoting himself to writing music, playing music and bringing music to people around the world. His catalogue is impressive, consisting of 15 Jesse Malin album releases, four from prior band D Generation, and other various EP, film and single releases including music from his teenage hardcore band Heart Attack. He’s worked long and hard on making these records, touring behind them, and getting them proper exposure. The highlights are many, and all music and other information on his artist career is available online. For decades, Jesse’s mantra has been one of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). Now, he needs all of your PMA and help.

Anyone who knows Jesse will tell you he is always the one who gives, the one always there for those in need, as evidenced by his work with various charity efforts. Among them: Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Light of Day Foundation, Joe Strummer Foundation, Save Our Stages, Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research, Joey’s Song, Black Lives Matter, Howl Helps, Positive Panther Benefit (Natalie Beaverstock/fan for a wheelchair), Rock The Night Foundation, Rock Against Racism, Jail Guitar Doors, The Bowery Mission, Road 2 Recovery Foundation, Little Kids Rock Foundation, and food banks around New York City.

Thank you for your generous contribution. We are forever grateful to you on Jesse’s behalf.

This tax-deductible donation will go fully to his care. ​