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Clem Burke made Doctor of Rock

Clem burke

Clem burke

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Clem Burke has been made a Doctor of Rock by the University of Gloucestershire.

The Blondie drummer received the Honorary Doctorate of Music on Saturday (30 July). The honour came in recognition of Clem's research into the physical demands of drumming - we're sure you'll remember that the study claimed that pro sticksmen need fitness levels comparable with top footballers.

Clem was given the honour as the University of Gloucestershire-based Rhythmfest kicked off. We were on hand to see the whole ceremony, so keep your eye on here and our YouTube channel for more coverage soon.

For more on Clem's research head here.

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).