Friday, April 08, 2011 By Aaron Brown
Dylan, who was born in Duluth and raised on the Range, graduating from Hibbing High School in 1959, enjoyed a warm reception by Chinese fans who see him as one of the world's great voices against war. Unfortunately, as part of the negotiations with the Chinese cultural ministry to allow Dylan to perform there he was prevented from singing "The Times they are a' Changin'" and other more anti-authoritarian songs. Nevertheless, some of his edgy lyrics still snuck through the censorship.
It would appear that the mere presence of Dylan, singing to a young generation of Chinese very much aware of the lyrics to "The Times They are a' Changin'" is the larger symbolism.
I'm still involved in making arrangements for Dylan Days 2011, May 26-29 in Hibbing. We'll be announcing our writing contest winners very soon. Dylan, like taconite*, turns 70 this year.
* Taconite's age is approximate.