Todd Rundgren has been awarded an honoury doctorate by Berklee School Of Music in Boston.”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 on Berklee’s international student body.”
Rundgren’s speech is a rather inspiring review of his career in music as a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist. Discussing his successes as both producer and musician he tells how he was “pilloried” for the follow up to his 1972 album Something/Anything with his sonic and song experiment, the groundbreaking A Wizard, A True Star. His critical panning becoming his crowning achievement as the album became an influence on musicians who marveled at his myriad skills and vision.
Listen to the speech, listen to the record and then listen to it again.
Other musician recipients this year were Lucinda Williams, Lionel Richie and Korean singer/songwriter/guitarist Shin Joong Hyun. “Past recipients include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones ’51, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Loretta Lynn, Juan Luis Guerra ’82, Annie Lennox, Paco de Lucia, Carole King, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, George Clinton, Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, A. R. Rahman, Rita Moreno, Milton Nascimento, and Wang Leehom ’99.”