As far as landmarks in music go, Bob Dylan’s debut gig in communist China last month unarguably has to be right up there. The legendary protest singer, who turns 70 on 24th May, played a one-off show but was criticised for leaving out his more famous 1960s-era protest songs.

Responding to the reports via his website Dylan has denied he was told what to play; ‘As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing,’ he wrote. ‘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’s ‘Never Ending Tour’ comes to the UK in June when he plays the London Feis Festival on June 18th.

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