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Doctors Who Rock: 9 Musicians With Their Ph.Ds

Alice Cooper at Verizon Wireless Theater, October 2009
Alice Cooper at Verizon Wireless Theater, October 2009
Photo by Craig Hlavaty

Alice Cooper recently received an Honorary Doctorate from The Musician's Institute in Los Angeles. After receiving the award, he said, "One more of these and I can write prescriptions."

Now you know that Alice Cooper could one day write you a prescription... to rock. You're welcome. Out of sheer curiousity, here are a few musicians who have pursued their doctorates.

Doctors Who Rock: 9 Musicians With Their Ph.Ds

Brian May (Queen): The Queen guitarist Brian May, who was named the 39th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, also happens to be great at astrophysics. He graduated with an honors degree in physics and mathematics from the Imperial College of London and went on to complete a Ph.D. in astrophysics.

David Macklovitch (Chromeo): Known as Dave 1 of electro-funk group Chromeo, David Macklovitch is currently earning his doctorate in French literature at Columbia University.

Mira Aroyo (Ladytron): The Bulgarian-born Mira Aroyo is the keyboardist, singer and songwriter for Ladytron and a research scientist. She received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Oxford University.

Greg Graffin (Bad Religion): Lead singer of Bad Religion Greg Gaffin received his Ph.D. in zoology at Cornell University. He currently teaches Life Science 1 and a paleontology class at UCLA.

 

Doctors Who Rock: 9 Musicians With Their Ph.Ds

Milo Aukerman (The Descendents): Milo Aukerman did in fact go to college, eventually earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Milo juggled playing in his band, which plays this year's Free Press Summer Fest, and persuing a career in biochemistry.

Steven Taylor (The Fugs): Allen Ginsberg collaborator and member of The Fugs Steven Taylor received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Brown University. He teaches a performance course at Wesleyan University.

Daniel Snaith (Caribou):Musician Daniel Snaith, who has performed under the names Caribou, Daphni and Manitoba, received a doctorate in mathematics at the Imperial College of London.

Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground): Passed guitarist and co-founder of the Velvet Underground Sterling Morrison went to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin after the band split up. There he completed his Ph.D. in medieval studies.

Morrison supported himself through graduate school piloting tugboats. He eventually earned his captain's licence, so he was a captain too. He became captain of a Houston tugboat, as a matter of fact.

Billy Joel: Singer Billy Joel received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from LIU-Southampton. He now actually holds several honorary doctorates, and he never finished high school.


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