Af­ter his No­bel, Dy­lan eyes trip to China

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN JIE in Bei­jing chen­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bob Dy­lan says he not only wants to at­tend the No­bel Prize cer­e­mony in De­cem­ber, but he also hopes to re­turn to China.

In an in­ter­view with Edna Gun­der­son for Bri­tish news­pa­per The Tele­graph, posted on Satur­day, the US singer-song­writer was quoted as say­ing he “ab­so­lutely” wants to at­tend the cer­e­mony, “if it’s at all pos­si­ble”.

The Swedish Academy’s per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Sara Da­nius, said Dy­lan called her on Tues­day and said “of course” he would ac­cept. They talked for about 15 min­utes and Dy­lan said the news about the No­bel Prize left him speech­less, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment posted on the academy’s web­site.

That same evening, Barry Dick­ins, Dy­lan’s long­time agent out­side North Amer­ica, told China Daily that the mu­si­cian would like to re­turn to China some­day.

“The No­bel Prize is a great honor. He kept silent af­ter the an­nounce­ment only be­cause he is a quiet, pri­vate per­son. He doesn’t want to court pub­lic­ity,” Dick­ins, who has worked with Dy­lan for more than 25 years, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

Dy­lan was very in­ter­ested in go­ing to China. He is the kind of per­son who likes to ... share mu­sic with dif­fer­ent peo­ple.” Barry Dick­ins, agent for Bob Dy­lan

The 75-year-old mu­si­cian toured China in April 2011, per­form­ing in Bei­jing and Shang­hai. Most of those in the au­di­ence were peo­ple in Chi­nese mu­sic cir­cles and those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s lis­ten­ing to Amer­i­can rock and folk mu­sic.

“Dy­lan was very in­ter­ested in go­ing to China. He is the kind of per­son who likes to play in dif­fer­ent places, share mu­sic with dif­fer­ent peo­ple. We also played in Viet­nam. We had a very nice time in China,” Dick­ins said.

“Tour­ing China is un­usual,” he said. “When you bring a cul­ture that is alien to a coun­try, it’s al­ways a bit of a chal­lenge. If you lis­ten to Chi­nese mu­sic, it’s very un­like Western mu­sic.”

They went to the Great Wall and the For­bid­den City. Dy­lan also bought some Chi­nese art.

Wei Ming, then-gen­eral manger of Ge­hua Live Na­tion, which pro­moted Dy­lan’s China tour, told China Daily that it was a “re­ally a big chal­lenge to make it hap­pen. We over­came lots of dif­fi­cul­ties. But we fi­nally made it. It’s the most un­for­get­table and in­flu­en­tial project we’ve done. All the col­leagues are proud of it.”

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