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Dylan to receive honorary degree
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is due to play two concerts in Glasgow
American folk-rock singer Bob Dylan is to be awarded an honorary degree by Scotland's oldest university.

The University of St Andrews will make Bob Dylan a Doctor of Music at this year's summer graduation ceremony on 23 June.

Dylan has only ever accepted one other honorary degree - from Princeton University in 1970.

University principal, Dr Brian Lang, described Dylan as an "iconic figure for the 20th Century".

Mr Lang added: "His songs, and in particular his lyrics, are still part of our consciousness.

"We are very pleased to take this opportunity of honouring such a major artist."

Glasgow dates

Best known for classic hits such as Like a Rolling Stone and Mr Tambourine Man, the singer-songwriter is credited as being one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Fusing rock, country, folk and blues, Dylan's unique sound and political lyrical content made him a poetic spokesman for the 1960s generation.

He remains as much an influence amongst current rock musicians as he was to the Beatles and the Stones in the sixties.

The singer is currently on tour in Europe and, after receiving his honorary degree, will play the first of two nights in Glasgow.

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