Bob Dylan has blasted accusations that he gave in to censorship during a recent series of concerts in China. According to BBC News, Bob Dylan had agreed to give authorities set lists before performances in Shanghai and Beijing.

The 69-year-old folk singer has been criticised for ignoring his 1960s-era protest songs. However on his website, Dylan wrote that he wasn't aware of any censorship and that he had played all the songs he had wanted to. He stated: '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 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.' Bob Dylan rose to fame in the 1960s as an icon of the anti-Vietnam War movement, with various songs such as 'The Times They Are a-Changin''. Now, the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd blasted Dylan: 'The idea that the raspy troubadour of '60s freedom anthems would go to a dictatorship and not sing those anthems is a whole new kind of sellout. He sang his censored set, took his pile of Communist cash and left.'

Bob Dylan is currently on his 'Never Ending Tour' which boasts over 100 shows a year.