Posted in music on January 23, 2013

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Mike Atta and family...
Mike Atta

Mike Atta, guitarist for what some consider the first-ever hardcore band, The Middle Class, is in trouble and needs your help:

My name is Joanne Jimenez and my big brother, Mike Atta, needs your help!!! Mike's battle with cancer began 3 years ago when he was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in January 2010. He had surgery to remove it, a kidney and an adrenal gland and we were hopeful that the cancer was gone & that he would live a healthy life, but just a few weeks ago he found out that the cancer has returned and has now moved to his lungs. The news was devastating to Mike, his wife Pam and those who love him. It was especially difficult to tell his 10-year-old son, Van, that the cancer was back & that his dad had to be away for treatment during the week of Christmas. If you know Mike he is a happy, positive, resilient person before and after his initial diagnosis/surgery and you'd never know he'd had cancer and major surgery if you saw him during the last 3 years. He has an active life with a family and 2 retail business; and after his recovery had gotten back together with his Orange County punk band from the '70s, The Middle Class, playing shows around California.
Mike is doing well than the obvious health issues, but his treatments and recovery have taken its toll on his business and his wallet, despite having insurance. The family is currently accepting donations to help get Mike back to some semblance of normal. Give if you can, they are currently 38% towards their total goal of $50k.

Head below for a stream of The Middle Class' classic Out of Vogue 7" from 1978, what some consider to be the blueprint of hardcore.

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The Middle Class - Out of Vogue 7"

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Comments (21)

Please don't forget the benefit show at the Echoplex in LA this Friday with The Adolescents , Mike Watt , CH3 , White Flag , Agent Orange and more.....

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2013 10:01 PM

The middle class has been struggling for awhile. Taxes are going up, jobs are slim, the economy is in the tank. Good luck sir

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 7:51 AM

^By that I mean I hope your goal is successful and I wish you a speedy recovery

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 7:51 AM

There is also a compilation coming out on Burger Records to raise money for Atta. I think it lands this weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 9:57 AM

Unfortunately, it's on cassette. What a stupid medium.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 5:22 PM

I am a bit surprised that in Orange County, California with lots of money there his friends and family have only ponied up 38% of projected costs? I donated and hope others will too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 7:56 PM

amazing record, esp song "insurgency." ooh, man.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 11:49 AM

agreed. insurgency was something else.

Posted by air con | February 15, 2013 5:37 PM

You want proof. Go to one of Henry's shows and ask him yourself. He does not hide it. He is just not offically "out". It's like Jodie Foster. Ask anyone actually involved in the music industry and in the know. It is widely known. You want to delude yourself into thinking he isn't be my guest.

Posted by mbc3 | March 13, 2013 8:32 PM

Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god.

Posted by cartoon network arabic | March 13, 2013 8:34 PM

The middle class has been struggling for awhile. Taxes are going up, jobs are slim, the economy is in the tank. Good luck sir

Posted by Bumba | March 18, 2013 1:32 PM

I was happy for the news! Burger Records to raise money for Atta. I think it lands this weekend. I love Brooklinvegan!

Posted by Casa Massagem | April 6, 2013 12:14 AM

He does not hide it. He is just not offically "out". It's like Jodie Foster. Ask anyone actually involved in the music industry and in the know.

Posted by Massagem | April 8, 2013 12:34 AM

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Posted by medafile | April 14, 2013 9:45 PM

Poor guy. I hope he is doing better.

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Posted by harrybr adley473 | October 31, 2013 2:43 AM

I Love you dad!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Van Atta | November 7, 2013 12:45 PM

Middle Class rule.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 1:17 PM

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