Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

    Read more

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken South Korean ferry

    Read more

  • ‘Deadly clashes’ at Eastern Ukraine checkpoint

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Ukraine: ‘One bloody incident could scupper Geneva deal’

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Indian election: Votes for sale

    Read more

  • World honours Garcia Marquez’s magical literary legacy

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika clinches fourth term amid fraud claims

    Read more

  • West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus

    Read more

Culture

Bob Dylan ‘unworthy’ of French Légion d’Honneur

©

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-10

Legendary musician Bob Dylan may no longer be in the running for France’s highest award, the Légion d’honneur, after a French general deemed him unworthy given his drug-taking and anti-war protesting past.

Bob Dylan’s wild pot-smoking and anti-war protesting days may have finally caught up with him after it emerged this week he could be out of the running for the Légion d'honneur, France’s highest award.

According to a report in Tuesday's French satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchainé, the Grammy-winning folk musician was deemed unworthy of the title by General Jean-Louis Georgelin, the Great Chancellor of the Légion d’honneur, who helps lead a 17-person committee in deciding the final shortlist of candidates.

The French general was alerted to the American musician’s controversial past by a routine police check on potential prize winners to ensure a candidate’s suitability.

Dylan had been officially nominated to become a Knight of the Order on the 50th anniversary of the release of his classic album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan by French Culture Secretary Aurélie Filippetti.

"I think it will work out. Anyway it would be a good sign for France, and for all those who love rock and roll music in general, we pay tribute to Bob Dylan," Ms. Filippetti told BFM.

Paul McCartney was the most recent foreigner to be named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur - an interesting choice given it's believed that Dylan himself introduced The Beatles to cannabis.

If Dylan’s nomination is approved, he would join fellow foreign artists McCartney, Sean Connery, Miles Davis, Clint Eastwood, Gene Kelly, Liza Minelli, David Lynch, Norman Mailer, Luciano Pavarotti, Charlotte Rampling and Kristin Scott Thomas in the pantheon of French cultural fame. 

Though non-French citizens cannot be members of the Légion, one criterion for a foreigner to be named in the Légion d’Honneur is that they “defend humanitarian causes”.

Dylan was a pacifist icon and prominent campaigner against the Vietnam War; his protest song "Blowin' in the Wind" was a constant feature of anti-war protests during the 1960s and 70s.

If successful, this is just one of many accolades the iconic musician has received. France previously awarded Dylan the title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1990 and in May 2012, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Barack Obama, the highest available civilian honour in the United States.

Date created : 2013-05-10

  • MUSIC

    Bob Dylan still too radical for China

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)