New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd started
a brouhaha when she lambasted Bob Dylan, the man responsible for some of the 1960s' most iconic protest songs, for letting Chinese authorities pre-approve his set list for a concert in China. "He sang his censored set, took his pile of communist cash and left," Dowd scoffed. Dylan didn't say a word about artist
, who the Chinese government arrested last week in one of its harshest crackdowns on dissent in years. Of course, Dylan is much changed from the young man who, at 22, walked off the set of CBS'
Ed Sullivan Show
because they wouldn't let him sing a song that lambasted the
John Birch Society
. But Dylan would be the first to say he never cared about selling out: In his memoir
, the music legend said he never cared about being seen as an anti-establishment figure. And hell, he's been doing
for a good while now.