Doctor Don Henley, Berklee School of Music Gives Honorary Degrees
Written by Helen Bach | May 17, 2012 0:09 | No Comments
Who decided to give The Eagles and Allison Krause honorary degrees? Is the list of candidates that small that the ultra prestigious Berklee College of Music had to pick this lot?
I am not disputing that The Eagles were legend in rock and roll and shot off in to some profitable solo acts, but what exactly does it require to get an honorary degree? Should there not be some sense of musical education? Should there not be more than just a boat load of standards? Apparently not. Maybe they were available for graduation weekend so they booked them since there were slim pickin's?
Berklee released a statement on the awards. 'This year's honorary doctorate recipients were recognized for their achievements in contemporary music, for their enduring contributions to popular culture, and for the influence their careers and music have had over Berklee's international student body. The Eagles, Krauss, and Astatke join the ranks of such esteemed recipients as Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, Count Basie, Sting, Loretta Lynn, B.B. King, Billy Joel, Chaka Khan, Steven Tyler, and Patti LaBelle'.
What the hell!? Looks like it started to tanked with Sting and flat lined this year. I have a hard time believing 20 somethings graduating this year were heavily influenced by The Eagles so I'm sticking with the, 'who's free this weekend' theory.