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Dylan gets a Degree, Calls It Day of the Locusts

Bob dons the robes as Crosby's head explodes.

Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King talks to American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan after they were each given honorary degrees from Princeton University on June 9th, 1970, Princeton, New Jersey.
William E. Sauro/New York Times Co./Getty
August 21, 2008

In Chronicles Vol. 1, Bob Dylan tells about a trip to Princeton, New Jersey, where, accompanied by his "obstreperous" buddy David Crosby, he received an honorary degree. The ceremony was a bummer – the speaker pissed off Bob by introducing him as "the authentic expression of the disturbed and concerned conscience of young America." Dylan ended up writing "Day of the Locusts" about the trip. The S.S. recently had the pleasure of meeting Crosby and asked him for his side of the story. "I did something that I do to people: I got him really high," said Crosby. "When we got there, there was an altercation between Bob and the Princeton people, who insisted that he wear a robe. I had to convince Bob to stay and do it." In return, Crosby made it into "Day of the Locusts." "There's a line that goes, 'The man standing next to me, his head was exploding.'" said Crosby proudly. "That's me!" Crosby also told us that CSN are working on a new album with Rick Rubin, featuring covers of their favorite songs. "James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, people that we love." says Crosby. "And Dylan, of course."

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