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Bob Dylan denies China setlist censored

Written by John Ritchie on May 14, 2011

We previously reported that Bob Dylan has censored his set list at the request of the Chinese Government for his first shows ever in China.

Today on his official website he posted:

As far as censorship goes, 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 three 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.

Dylan also denied reports suggesting he’d been banned from playing in China previously:

First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. We had no intention of playing China at that time.

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