UPDATE: Liang Heping

Thanks, yet again, to Beijing Daze for the skinny on the fundraiser held, over the weekend, for Liang Heping:

Beijing Daze’s review of the show is here. A total of just shy of RMB134,000 (just over US$21,000) was raised via ticket sales and an auction that consisted of items ranging from a guitar smashed by grunge-rocker Xie Tianxiao (aka XTX) – who had, back in the day, smashed more than his share of guitars that he could barely afford to purchase, let alone destroy; in his not-so-early-days, he brought along to shows an extra smashable guitar that often went unsmashed – to autographed guitars and albums and more.

Our best goes out to Liang Heping; his wife told the gathered crowd that Liang has regained “minimal use of his hands” and we hope that the healing continues.

LiangHepingCJphoto of Liang Heping (right) and Cui Jian from the late 80s via Weibo user 只爱右

On The Road: Down Under

There is no more suitable activity associated with the place at which I sit than writing, even, one hastens to add, if it is taking place in the blogosphere: I sit at one of the Hot Desks of the Wheeler Centre, desk spaces at which writers and literary organization can can apply to sit and work. There is so much amazingness here at the Wheeler Centre, located in the heart of Melbourne, housing in it seven organizations devoted to various aspects of the written word, the Hot Desk Fellowships being just one.

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More of That Scene from a Scene

Over at Beijing Daze, Badr posted a video of the scene that opens Red Rock, which made me realize that my search for footage of that event had been too-long dormant. The Scene takes place on May 4, 2010, the final day of the Midi Music Festival, when heavy rains forced the festival to stop the action. By this time, Midi was claiming to draw upwards of 20,000 people per day to the festival; a long, strange march from their days of a few hundred students and their friends back in the inaugural 2000 edition.

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