Today in Music History June 23

June 23,2004, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews Scotland's oldest University and made a "Doctor of Music"

The following laureation was given by Professor Neil Corcoran of the School of English.

Chancellor, it's my privilege to present Bob Dylan for the Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa.

In one of his first concerts in New York in the 1960s Bob Dylan said that he'd recently been asked to contribute to a book about Woody Guthrie, the great folksinger, songwriter and political activist. He'd been asked to say 'What does Woody Guthrie mean to you in 25 words?', and, Bob Dylan said, 'I couldn't do it'. So instead he read 'Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie', a tender poem about Guthrie and the spirit of American idealism.