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- Posted on Mar 11th 2011 2:07AM by Benjy Eisen
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The decision comes as something of a surprise to music fans familiar with Chinese policy, given Dylan's anti-establishment sentiments and upheaval anthems such as 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'The Times They Are A-Changing.' The Associated Press reports that the approval comes with the condition that Dylan must "stick to the program" as detailed by ministry officials.
Of course, Chinese censors may also be betting on the fact that Dylan won't exactly be able to rouse -- or even reach -- young Chinese minds, even if he wanted to, as he is something of an unknown in that country. His fan base in China is composed mainly of foreigners and dedicated music buffs, who are already familiar enough with his old material that nearly incomprehensible live versions won't exactly pose a threat. The times they have a changed, indeed.