Originality, longevity and integrity key to Dylan’s status as cultural leader
Thursday, 31 May 2012
As Bob Dylan receives America’s highest civilian accolade, Dave Fawbert examines how the musician has embodied strong leadership qualities all throughout the ‘tour that never ends’
On Tuesday 29 May, the man born Robert Zimmerman, but known to countless millions – and several generations – as plain old Bob Dylan, received America's highest civilian honour: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The importance of the award was reinforced by the calibre of the other nominees, who included John Glenn, former Secretary of States and the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. Giving the award, President Barack Obama stated “There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music.”...