ON THIS DAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 – BOB DYLAN WAS HONORED BY GREGORY PECK AT THE KENNEDY CENTER, WASHINGTON D.C. AND GIVEN ‘THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Lauded by Gregory Peck, Dylan is given the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in The White House by president Bill Clinton. Among the other artists to get the award this year is Lauren Bacall. Later the same day there is a three hour concert at the John F. Kennedy Center Opera House. Dylan does not perform.
Bob Dylan (singer/songwriter; born May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota) He has been described as the voice of a generation, but he has been much more. His songs beat to the pulse of our country. His tears of rage are tempered with the truest patriotism and vigilance, his acid humor with a disarming sweetness. His music is always drenched in the colors of hope. Bob Dylan has been an unlikely pop icon, a shy superstar and reluctant rebel, the sincerest social activist and the most distinctive of poets.
Research by Pamela K. Melenchen