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There’s a big party this Friday night in D-22 for Ian Sherman, rock scribe at Time Out magazine in Beijing. Always worth reading, Sherman is currently in Boston getting treatment for his cancer which affected the 30 something writer’s throat, an especially painful sounding affliction and described as a “fairly aggressive and rare form of cancer” by one of the concert organizers, Halla Mohieddeen in an email sent out yesterday.  

There’ll be t-shirts and CDs on sale on the night, organized by various writer friends, rockers and Tag Team, a local label for which Sherman moonlighted as publicist, DJ and author of the label’s regular, hilarious newsletters. Sherman got a wider audience for his monthly column in Time Out which went beyond music to Hunter S Thompson style musings on Beijing life.

 At RMB100 tickets are priced above-average for Beijing, especially give that the city has been awash recently with benefit concerts for victims of the Sichuan earthquake. But Sherman is a popular man about town, judging by a line up which includes local rock darlings Carsick Cars as well as punk-styled PK14. The decks will be manned by BBC's music man Steve Barker, a close friend of Sherman. Bands have donated CDs and t-shirts: Lonely China Day, who can't be there, are donating a 10th of the takings from their next four gigs.

Says Mohieddeen in an email: “The line up for this event is incredible, and there are so many bands who wanted to take part that proceeding are going to have to kick off very early indeed to accommodate everyone who wanted to perform.”

The gig starts at 6pm, first band on stage at 7pm.


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