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DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh gets degree from Kent

By malcolm Published: January 31, 2008

From the Associated Press

(AP) _ Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, whose work was influenced by the National Guard campus shootings while he was a student at Kent State University in 1970, will receive a honorary degree from the school.

Mothersbaugh was an art major who studied print-making and painting from 1968 to 1973.

Devo members frequently point to the May 4, 1970, shootings at the university as a seminal moment that influenced their music and political message. Four students were killed by Guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam war.

Devo, an experimental rock group originally performing under the name Sextet Devo, gave its first concert on the Kent State campus in April 1973. The band is best known for its 1980 hit "Whip It."

University trustees approved the honorary doctor of humane letters on Wednesday.

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