Dylan Blogs About China Controversy

Bob Dylan is well-practiced in answering questions and controversy. The latest controversy revolves around two concerts in China, one that never happened, and another that Mojo magazine said was sparsely attended. Dylan writes on his blog that the first concert, which the promoter said was cancelled by the Chinese government, was actually never scheduled or approved by his people. As for the concert that did take place, Dylan counters Mojo’s report saying the show’s sparse audience was made up of expatriates: “Not true. If anybody wants to check with any of the concert-goers they will see that it was mostly Chinese young people that came,” he writes. “Out of 13,000 seats we sold about 12,000 of them, and the rest of the tickets were given away to orphanages.” As for censorship, Dylan says the government asked for a list of songs he planned to play. He handed over three months’ worth of previous setlists, and they didn’t ask for any changes. He ends with a final, sarcastic word of encouragement: “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.”

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