Blondie drummer Clem Burke to be honoured with doctorate

University of Gloucestershire to award musician with honorary doctorate for “groundbreaking work with students”

Blondie drummer Clem Burke will be given an honorary doctorate for his “groundbreaking work with students” by the University of Gloucestershire.

Burke, who joined singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in Blondie in the mid 1970’s, will be rewarded for his work on a project that was launched to explore the positive physical and psychological effects of drumming, and has been used to target “super-obese” children.

According to the BBC, the drummer, who will take part in the graduation ceremony on July 30, said: “It is truly a great honour and I accept this award on behalf of my brother drummers everywhere in the world.”

The Clem Burke Drumming Project (CBDP) was established in 2008 and studies the physical effects that drummers experience while performing, including heart rate and oxygen uptake.

Dr Steve Draper, the co-founder of the CBDP at the University, added: “Clem is a respected, world-renowned and Grammy award-winning artist who has enjoyed a long and varied career in music. It has, and continues to be, a privilege to work with him.”

Earlier this year Blondie released ‘Panic Of Girls’, their first studio album in eight years. The band made the album available as part of a special ‘Fan Pack’ edition with two bonus tracks and a magazine that featured interviews with the band.

Blondie are set to play a number of UK festivals this summer, including appearances at Kendal Calling festival and Camp Bestival.