10 Banned Musicians And The Countries That Didn’t Want Them

Bob Dylan- Once banned from China
Bob Dylan- Once banned from China
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 11: Musician Bob Dylan Performs onstage during the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
Bjork- the Icelandic singer was told she was no longer welcome in China after dedicating her song Declare Indpendence to Tibetan freedom.
Bjork- the Icelandic singer was told she was no longer welcome in China after dedicating her song Declare Indpendence to Tibetan freedom.
NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Singer Bjork attends the closing of Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" hosted by Givenchy at The Museum of Modern Art on June 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley- Not banned exactly, but Colonel Parker would not allow him to play outside the US.  This may have been because the Dutch-born Parker wasn't an actual US citizen and wouldn't have been able to leave the country.
Elvis Presley- Not banned exactly, but Colonel Parker would not allow him to play outside the US. This may have been because the Dutch-born Parker wasn't an actual US citizen and wouldn't have been able to leave the country.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: A car displays a sign for parking at the European Elvis Championships at the Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2011 in Birmingham, England. Eighty contestants are taking part in three days of competition from which a winner will go forward to the International Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis in the USA in August 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The Beatles- The Beatles were invited and then booted from the Philippines after refusing to show Imelda Marcos the respect she demanded.
The Beatles- The Beatles were invited and then booted from the Philippines after refusing to show Imelda Marcos the respect she demanded.
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 28: A general view of the 'Abbey Road Studio' room is seen at the Beatlemania exhibition on May 28, 2009 in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition, which opens tomorrow, shows the development of the Beatles from their beginnings in Hamburg until they split up. (Photo by Krafft Angerer/Getty Images)
The Kinks- The Kinks were denied playing the United States for several years in 1960's by the American Federation of Musicians.
The Kinks- The Kinks were denied playing the United States for several years in 1960's by the American Federation of Musicians.
LONDON - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) The Kinks band members Ray Davies, Mick Avory, Dave Davies and Peter Quaife pose backstage with the award for their induction into the UK Music Hall Of Fame 2005, the culmination of the two-week Channel 4 series looking at 1950's-1990's popular music, at Alexandra Palace on November 16, 2005 in London, England. Acts are selected by a panel of over 60 artists, journalists, broadcasters and executives, with artists including Alanis Morissette, The Pretenders and Slash paying tribute to their fellow musical artists at the event. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Miley Cyrus- After her "slanted eye pose" went viral, Cyrus, along with the Hannah Montana TV show, was banned from China.
Miley Cyrus- After her "slanted eye pose" went viral, Cyrus, along with the Hannah Montana TV show, was banned from China.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Miley Cyrus visits "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on March 3, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Jerry Lee Lewis- When it was discovered in the United Kingdom that Lewis was married to his 13-year-old cousin, he was sent home packing.
Jerry Lee Lewis- When it was discovered in the United Kingdom that Lewis was married to his 13-year-old cousin, he was sent home packing.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Singer Jerry Lee Lewis performs at The Grammy Foundation's Music Preservation Project "Sounds of Change" held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on February 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Jay-Z- His lyrics may be tame compared to some other rappers, but the Politburo in China found them to offensive for Chinese ears.
Jay-Z- His lyrics may be tame compared to some other rappers, but the Politburo in China found them to offensive for Chinese ears.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 25: Jay Z performs on stage at Mt Smart Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)
The Clash- East Germany's Stasi secret police found the iconic punk band's lyrics too "inflamator" in the 70's and 80's.
The Clash- East Germany's Stasi secret police found the iconic punk band's lyrics too "inflamator" in the 70's and 80's.
Members of the British punk band 'The Clash' after receiving an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane, London, May 24, 2001. Bandmembers present are (left to right) Paul Simonon, Joe Strummer (1952 - 2002), Nick Headon, and Mick Jones. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Snoop Dogg- After his crew busted up a duty free shop in Heathrow Airport, Snoop Dogg was banned from the UK.
Snoop Dogg- After his crew busted up a duty free shop in Heathrow Airport, Snoop Dogg was banned from the UK.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09: Rapper Snoop Dogg attends the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
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