Dear MoonJune friends
Not sure if all of You know that my very dear friend and legendary Soft Machine
and Soft Machine Legacy’s bass player Hugh Hopper,
had recently, since last June, some health problems and complications that didn’t
allowed him to do any gigs since early June. Hugh was suffering from back pain
for few years and suddenly in June got worse. Hugh had to cancel concerts in
Mexico with Chris Cutler. and 10 shows tour of Japan with Yumi Hara-Cawkwell,
and series of his solo concerts, or concerts with Soft Machine Legacy and Delta
Saxophone Quartet during the last Summer were compromised. While treating very
bad lower back pain, Hugh was having blood tests, and in hospital doctors have
discovered beginning of leukaemia and that
his blood had very low platelet-count. Hugh started to have an ongoing and
painful chemotherapy treatment which was going relatively well but Hugh also
suffered from some minor infections after the course finished. Hugh is doing
better now, but still in hospital and only occasionally was able to go home. In
any case Hugh Hopper has a very positive outlook on life and accepts life in a
positive way and we all “hopperfully”
hope, this hassle will end as soon as possible.
Sadly, with the lack of revenue resulting from his inability to perform since
last June, Hugh and his family (his lovely wife Christine and 13 years old
daughter Rosa) are currently in a less than comfortable
financial situation - this is the reason for doing
the benefit concert at the London’s 100 Club
on December 14th, an idea generated by his
colleagues in Soft Machine Legacy, and made possible thanks to
John Etheridge and
The 100 Club. T he entire profit will go to Hugh Hopper.
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY (filling for Hugh: FRED BAKER on
DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET
PHIL MILLER IN CAHOOTS
BASH QUARTET feat. ALEX MAGUIRE, PATRICE MEYER, FRED BAKER & LIAM GENOCKEY
SOPHIA DOMANCHIC & SIMON GOUBERT DUO
While thinking of similar benefit concerts in New York, Paris and elsewhere,
there are few ways that You also can contribute to this great cause and
help Hugh Hopper in this difficult times.
You can make personal donation of any sum
that You feel comfortable. If You are located in USA/Canada and outside of the
UK and European Community, You can send International
Money Order casheable in Euros if
made payable to Christine Janet. (Christine
is French and they have family bank account in France with depositing facility
in the UK). If sending from the European Community, then
checks in Euros also to be payable to Hugh Hopper’s wife
Christine Janet, and if sending from the UK,
checks to be payable in UK pounds to
Hugh Hopper and mailed to:
Hugh Hopper/Christine Janet
29 Castle Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 2DZ
England, United Kingdom
In addition, MoonJune Records / MoonJune Global Media
is offering all Hugh Hopper related cds for purchase.
100% of the profit of the below mentioned cds will
go to my dear “fuzz-bass” buddy hugh Hopper:
HUGH HOPPER “Numero D’Vol”
HUMI (HUGH HOPPER & YUMI HARA-CAWKWELL “Dune”
50% of the profit of the below mentioned cds will go
to my dear “fuzz-bass” buddy Hugh Hopper:
SOFT MACHINE “Drop”
(this particular cd ready to be shipped on November 21: http://www.moonjune.com/MJR023.htm
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Steam”
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Soft Machine Legacy”
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY “Live In Zaandam”
30% of the profit of this particular cd featuring
CHRIS STASSINOPULOUS “Light In The Dark”
Featuring HUGH HOPPER, DAVID CROSS, ALEX FOSTER, BARRY FINNERTY, JOE BERGER
30% of the profit of the rest of MoonJune Records’
catalog will go to my dear “fuzz-bass” buddy Hugh Hopper.
You can also contribute any additional donation payable via
PayPal in US currency to MoonJune Global
If You do not have PayPal, You can simply
tell how much is a desired amount to contribute and MoonJune Global Media can
send You a money request that You can pay with your credit card. In addition,
You can also send personal or company check, made payable to
MoonJune Global Media and mail to:
MoonJune Global Media
32 Union Square East #206
New York, NY 10003 USA
Christine Janet is in process of setting up her personal PayPal account very
soon, and I can inform You about that as soon as it happens.
I also have two Fender Jazz bass guitars belonging to
Hugh Hopper sitting in my office in New York, which he uses when
playing in the USA, and me and Hugh might decide to put one of them on the
auction sale. The other one I must keep it here, since I have promised Hugh,
that as soon as he gets better, he will be invited by myself to come to New York
and play few local gigs in the area.
I have to see my busy traveling schedule this end of year and hope I might be
able to go to London and be at The 100 Club on December 14th, in case I cannot
make it, all donations collected by MoonJune Records & MoonJune Global Media
will be sent to Hugh as a nice Christmas present which we all hope he can enjoy
at home with his lovely family.
If anything else You need to know, please do not hesitate to contact me via
e-mail, and do not forget, send post card or letter to Hugh Hopper, he will
gladly appreciate and love it.
For more updates, check Hugh’s website:
Everyone who contributes in any form and with any sum, will be
mentioned on Hugh Hopper’s webpage.
Hope to hear from You.
In the name of Hugh Hopper, thanks in advance to EVERYONE.
All the best