Robbie Robertson to Receive Order of Canada

> May 25 2011

Robbie Robertson to Receive Order of Canada
By Alex HudsonLife is good if you're Robbie Robertson. Earlier this year, the celebrated Band songwriter dropped the guest-heavy How to Become Clairvoyant (featuring Tom Morello, Trent Reznor, Eric Clapton), which we praised for its "unflinchingly honest view of the past." Now, Robertson is set to receive the Order of Canada for his iconic body of work.

On Friday (May 27), the songwriter will accept the honour at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, ON. The ceremony will be presided over by Governor General David Johnston.

According to a press release, Robertson is "being recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to Canadian culture." The announcement singles out his '90s forays into First Nations music as being particularly groundbreaking.

"His album, Music for the Native Americans, helped to showcase the work of other native artists on the international music scene," the release reads. "By transcending cultural and geographical barriers, he stands as a model for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal artists alike."

After accepting the Order of Canada, expect Robertson to return to work on his planned autobiography, which is expected out within two years through Random House.

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