Intelligent Musicians? You bet!
Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Nabeel
So we’ve already had a look at the stupid things musicians can say. However let’s be fair. Not every artist ends up living in the back of a van, playing bass for a drug-fueled megalomaniac in spandex and fathering children in every major metropolitan city in the world.
Some of them were bloody geniuses. They excelled at school, worked the daily 9-5 and are none the worse for it. Which ones you ask? We have some of ‘em right here for you. Read on
Colin Greenwood, bassist for Radiohead studied modern American literature at Cambridge and is still a voracious reader.
Tom Scholz played almost every instrument and wrote a good number of the hit songs for Boston. Scholz went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a B.S. and and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He was a product designer for Polaroid when he decided to build a home studio – leading to the production of Boston’s first album which sold an unbelievable 17 million copies. Scholz has 34 patents to his name, including the Rockman, a now discontinued headphone amplifier that was used and loved by many touring musicians.
Flava Flav got his higher education on at Adelphi University on Long Island, where he studied Business and Communications. The Public Enemy MC and clock-rocker was never once late to class.
Greg Graffin of Bad Religion earned a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in paleontology at UCLA. He conducted field research in Mexico and the Amazon Basin. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Cornell, and currently teaches classes on the evolutionary theory there. Graffin has an extinct bird— Qiliania graffini named after him.
Dexter Holland from the Offspring has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in molecular biology from the University of Southern California. After The Offspring experienced some success, Holland quit studying. However, recently he has earned an airline transport pilot license and became a certified flight instructor. He is now referred to as ‘Captain’ Holland.