Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Dylan receives Medal of Freedom
Bob Dylan has recently celebrated his 71st birthday last week and is still receiving praise for his activist lyrics and musical anthems. President Obama awarded Dylan a Medal of Freedom yesterday, the highest civilian honour in the US. He was one of thirteen who have impacted the nation, and moved people with their words and inspiring actions - (and the only one who wore sunglasses during the ceremony...). Dylan drew crowds in the early 60s with his innovative music, thought-provoking lyrics and unique nasal voice.
Earlier this year, dozens of international artists collaborated on a tribute album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan. The four-CD compilation honours 50 years of Amnesty International, and 50 years of Dylan's music. It spreads over a variety of genres, with musicians from Lenny Kravitz to Miley Cyrus interpreting iconic Dylan songs in their own way. I'm not sure if the link between Amnesty and Dylan is that obvious but underlying most of his music is the spirit of emancipation and autonomy, and his work has paved the way for many artists following in his style of work.