In the week after his 71st birthday, Bob Dylan receives the Medal of Freedom from President Obama. This is apparently the highest civilain award in the US, for those 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".
One might think that the writer of songs like 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' and the 'The Ballad of Emmett Till' might have felt particularly satisfied to receive it from the first black president. As usual, our Robert gave no clue in that direction - reports say he kept his shades on throughout and didn't smile...
Oh well, apparently there's a new album in the can which should be on its way soon.
Keep on keeping on, Bob.