Rock `n roll was officially welcomed by the 115-year-old academy, an “honor society” proud to call itself elite and home to some of the country’s leading writers, composers, architects, painters and sculptors. On Wednesday, Dylan was inducted as an honorary member, becoming the first rock star to join an academy that includes E.L. Doctorow, Chuck Close and John Ashbery.
Dylan thought enough of the academy to accept entry. But anticipation – wishful thinking – that he might turn up ended early in the two-hour ceremony. Dylan has been touring, architect and academy president Henry N. Cobb announced, and sent his regrets. Dylan really did send them, in a statement thanking the academy and adding that he looked “forward to meeting all of you, sometime soon.”
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