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China approves Bob Dylan concert in Beijing [The Age]


Interestingly apt that the writer of the song ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ finally makes it into China to perform! Cross-pollination of cultural capital in the most peculiar way – the U.S.’s anti-war hero saying about change in the land of what probably is the U.S.’s strongest opponent.

‘The news comes a year after a Taiwan promoter said its bid to take Dylan to China was scuttled after the Beijing government refused to approve shows by the writer of some of rock’s most iconic and politically charged songs.’
Channel News Asia, March 04, 2011

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China approves Bob Dylan concert in Beijing
AFP
Source – The Age, published March 12, 2011

China’s culture ministry has confirmed American music legend Bob Dylan will be allowed to play in Beijing, the first time in the singer’s illustrious career he will have performed in the country.

The ministry said in a brief statement that Dylan — the writer of some of rock’s most iconic and politically charged songs — must perform “strictly according to an approved program”.

Dylan will be allowed to play in Beijing from March 30 to April 12, the ministry said, without mentioning if the singer would also be granted permission to perform in Shanghai.

Beijing-based promoters Gehua-LiveNation said last week that Dylan, who turns 70 in May, would play in the capital’s Workers’ Gymnasium on April 6 and then hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Stage in on April 8.

The concerts were timed to mark Dylan’s 50 years as a performer, the promoters said.

The news comes a year after a Taiwan promoter said its bid to take Dylan to China was scuttled after the Beijing government refused to approve shows by the performer.

Dylan is best known for the politically-inspired songs of his early career, including “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and his anti-war anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

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Filed under: AFP, Beijing Consensus, Culture, Domestic Growth, Media, Music, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Age, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, U.S.

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