Veteran rocker Charly Garcia is to receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of "his inestimable contribution to music and culture," the National University of San Martin announced Friday.

"Charly is the musician with the most academic and classical preparation in the history of Argentine rock," university chancellor Carlos Ruta said in a statement.

Garcia's body of work "reveals the vigor of a great creativity" responsible for art that has become an integral part of the national culture, Ruta said.

The 62-year-old Garcia has recorded more than 45 albums - including several that went platinum - and is regarded as the father of rock in Spanish.

"Latin America's first and most legendary rock idol" will perform a few songs during Monday's ceremony, the university said. EFE