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With great sadness we regret to inform you that Mick Karn has recently been diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. Mick is currently in positive mood and undergoing further tests and treatment. His family and friends are close with him, supporting him in practical ways, and surrounding him with their love, friendship and care.

Mick has been struggling financially for some considerable time now and we are hoping that this appeal may help to raise funds for any necessary treatment and perhaps go some way towards providing a small degree of financial support whilst Mick's immediate family provide the care and comfort we would all wish for him. We are hoping that his friends, fans and musical colleagues will, over the coming months, offer any support they feel capable of giving. Quite aside from the sheer brunt of daunting medically-related costs, Mick's clear and major concern is for the security and well being of his wife and young son.

If you would like to make a donation whether as an individual or as a group, you can do so via the paypal link at which has been set up for this sole and express purpose. If you are not able to use Paypal but would still like to donate to the appeal please send an email to [email protected] and we will be very pleased to find an alternative payment method. Any support you are able to give, no matter how small, could make a difference in helping Mick cope during this difficult period. His friends will be looking at a variety of ways to raise funds.

If you would simply like to leave your kind messages of support for Mick, please do so at

Steve Jansen has kindly agreed to donate all proceeds from the sale of any portrait from his website to the Mick Karn Appeal. Now, if you purchase any portrait from his website collection and state that you are purchasing as a means of donating to the Mick Karn appeal the funds will be be donated to the fund. Any Mick Karn portrait purchased will automatically be donated to the fund.

Also money raised by selling some Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson rarities on eBay is being donated to the fund, including two copies of the special edition red cover version of "Anesthetize" (with 120 page book, DVD, Blu-Ray and 2 audio CDs), which you can bid on

also Midge Ure showed his support to Mick:

Armando Pugliese from Prometeus Guitars in Italy has kindly agreed to donate the proceeds from the auction of a beautiful fretless bass guitar to Mick's appeal. Info and photos:

Mick Karn is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who came to fame as the bassist for the art rock band Japan, from 1974 to 1982. Karn's use of the fretless bass guitar, an unusual instrument in modern popular music, produces a distinctive sound and playing style, which makes his playing immediately recognizable. He also worked with such musicians as Gary Numan (Tubeway Army), Midge Ure (Ultravox), Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Terry Bozzio, David Torn, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and many japanese musicians, and with Japan ex-members David Sylvian, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri as well.

Please, help to support this beautiful man!
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