Dylan’s Dog

The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.  Today President Barack Obama awarded this honorary medal to Bob Dylan and 12 others.  Here is a photo from the New York Daily News:

President Barack Obama awarding Bob Dylan the Freedom Award

President Barack Obama awarding Bob Dylan the Freedom Award, 29 May 2012

The official announcement of the Whitehouse gives details for all recipients.  About Bob Dylan, recently turned 71 years old, they said:

Bob Dylan
One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, Dylan released his first album in 1962.  Known for his rich and poetic lyrics, his work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades.  He has won 11 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award.  He was named a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Art et des Lettres and has received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.  Dylan was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts.  He has written more than 600 songs, and his songs have been recorded more than 3,000 times by other artists.  He continues recording and touring around the world today.

For those who wish to look back I found this picture, going back to the 1980’s (?) of Bob Dylan in his studio, with his dog:

Bob Dylan in studio with his dog, 1980's (?) (Photo by David Michael Kennedy)

Bob Dylan in studio with his dog, 1980’s (?) (Photo by David Michael Kennedy)

Oh, how time flies.

Have a nice day,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

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6 Responses to “Dylan’s Dog”

  1. Bosun Dawg Says:

    Very nice for him. He has always been one of my favorites. Never knew he had a dog larger than himself.

    • rita314 Says:

      I heard the song “Lay Lady Lay” was really about a dog Dylan had named Lady. But I don’t believe it for a minute. Anyway, that dog above sure doesn’t look like a Lady. 🙂

  2. buddenbooks Says:

    Dylan looks kind of the same no matter how old he is I think. You can tell he’s an oldie in the pic with Obama because he’s actually wearing a tux (though maybe he has jeans for pants). (Newscasters do that. I’ve even heard Diane Sawyer say so! I wonder if he has a current dog and how big it is if he does. He doesn’t look too happy to be getting the medal and obama doesn’t look too thrilled to be giving it, but he sure made a mark on our generation and he deserves it though I hope it doesn’t mean he’s become TOO respectable. Thanks for putting it up, Rita. Love, Ma

    • rita314 Says:

      Thanks Ma! They both look a little weird, but NY Daily News quoted what Obama said (about Dylan when he gave the metal) and it was quite complimentary, something like how he used to listen to him when he was young and it had a big influence on how the thought, etc. Love ya, Rita

  3. Lucas Says:

    This photo is from 1994 or 1995 when his book Drawn Blank came out.

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