Dylan responded to his critics today in a message on his official website. He claimed that the reason he didn't play political songs wasn't because the Chinese government insisted, but because the audience was too young to know those '60s and '70s classics: "They were young and my feeling was that they wouldn't have known my early songs anyway."
He then addressed the question of censorship directly:
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 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.
Read the full post at BobDylan.com.
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