Bob Dylan wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 27, 2012 - 9:11 AM

He is only the second Minnesota-born recipient (Warren Burger was first) to win the highest award for a civilian.

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endothermApr. 26, 12 5:03 PM

Congratulations! Dylan is a true original, he has had an important impact on our culture, and he has been a positive influence in many lives. I can't say that I always enjoy his music, but so what! His contributions should be acknowledged.

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stingballApr. 26, 12 5:16 PM

C'mon Bob, show up this time to receive your award. I know it's not the cool musician thing to do, but maybe you can fall back on your Minnesota upbringing a bit and actually show some appreciation to those who are honoring you. Much easier to just bask in the blind devotion of your fans, I know, but maybe it's time to do the grown up thing for a change.

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norselandcApr. 26, 12 5:53 PM

Bob has always been an advocate for freedom. And he is certainly a huge influence on American culture, whatever that is. stingyballs, how dare you judge Bob and tell him to grow up! Was he supposed to break his contract and interrupt a tour of Europe to return to the States to get an award? I think he did the grown-up thing. There were a lot more people depending on him to show up for the gigs than there were depending on him to show up at the awards ceremony. But since Dylan is probably the coolest musician of all time, he can do whatever he wants and make it cool.

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norselandcApr. 26, 12 6:11 PM

Bob is a great advocate for freedom and has been since his humble beginnings. stingball, you have no place judging Bob for fulfilling his contract and playing the gigs in Europe that people were counting on him to play. That is the grown up thing to do that shows his work ethic over his vanity.

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suprpoleApr. 26, 12 6:30 PM

This award, along with the Pulitzer has become a joke. Tell me what he has done to deserve it. He is a singer.

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gopherfan93Apr. 26, 12 8:02 PM

Well, so much for any significance the presidential medal of freedom may have ever had. Apparently, being a hippie, drug-culture leader is now the standard. .......................... If it was for music, there is already an award for that. But even there, it's not deserved. I could never understand one word this guy ever said in his songs without reading along on the album jacket. His looney-toons lyrics read like scrambled eggs in .... "This is your brain on drugs". .... I grew up in the age of dylan and I'd rate hundreds of 60's and early 70's rock groups waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy ahead of him in talent and creativity.

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conbrioApr. 26, 12 8:25 PM

"This award, along with the Pulitzer has become a joke. Tell me what he has done to deserve it. He is a singer."----------------So are Aretha Franklin and Tennessee Ernie Ford, being a singer doesn't disqualify a person. But if all you consider Dylan to be is a singer, you have no social conscience or awareness whatsoever.

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bookreader33Apr. 26, 12 8:27 PM

I believe one is awarded the Medal of Freedom and doesn't "win" it?

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conbrioApr. 26, 12 8:30 PM

"I grew up in the age of dylan and I'd rate hundreds of 60's and early 70's rock groups waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayy ahead of him in talent and creativity.'-------------Obviously there is no accounting for your bad taste. My guess is that every artist YOU admire would likely themselves admit to the tremendous influence of Bob Dylan; go ahead and give us your list, I'll tell you how they all praised Dylan. Clearly THE most influential musical poet and songwriter of the 20th Century, and still going. Slantje, Bob.

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bettyanneApr. 26, 12 8:37 PM

Well gopherfan93 I see that you aren't a very good music critic either. Bob Dylan is reguarded by the entire music industry to be one of the best songwriters ever. He was certainly the voice of the baby boom generation during one of the most turbulent times in our history. I for one think he deserves the recognition. I bet most of America agrees with me. Including many republicans

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