Dylan's China Syndrome

posted 26 May 2011, 18:05
A recent post (13 May, 2011) on Bob Dylan's official website clarifies the situation regarding "this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year."

Dylan says that:

  • "We were never denied permission to play in China. ... If anybody had bothered to check with the Chinese authorities, it would have been clear that the Chinese authorities were unaware of the whole thing."
  • Concerts in China were not poorly attended as has been alleged.
  • On censorship: "the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There's no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play."
The statement, which is entitled To My Fans and Followers ends with this call to action:

"Everybody knows by now that there's a gazillion books on me either out or coming out in the near future. So I'm encouraging anybody who's ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book. You never know, somebody might have a great book in them."

So there you are. Read it for yourself on the official Bob Dylan website.