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Real Talk: These Are Some Smart Rockers

By: Maura O'Malley

March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day! In honor of the holiday, we could rattle off as many digits of Pi as we can fit in this post to show you what smart cookies we are. Or we could talk about some of the smartest musicians throughout the rock world.

Since we’re assuming you’d prefer the latter, we’re going to talk musicians.

Tom Scholz

MIT grad and Polaroid-engineer-turned-Boston-founder Tom Scholz’s background doesn’t exactly scream rock ‘n’ roll, but he and Brad Delp didn’t have a hard time impressing Epic Records with some early rock demos. Watch him talk about his career below.

Tom Morello

The Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist’s father was a member of Kenya’s United Nations delegation and his mother worked for the NAACP. He’s got good genes, and his brains got him accepted into Harvard, where he earned a degree in political science. Pretty big deal.

Rivers Cuomo

After initially enrolling in 1995, the Weezer frontman took the slow-and-steady route, graduating from Harvard in 2006. Looks like slow and steady really does win the race—and a Harvard degree.

Sterling Morrison

Velvet Underground founding member Sterling Morrison had an on-again-off-again relationship with his education, but he eventually did follow through after the band split, and he earned his Ph.D. in medieval literature at the University of Texas at Austin.    

Brian May

Queen guitarist Brian May has a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Need I say more? Hear him answer some space-related questions below.

Greg Graffin

The Bad Religion singer has a Ph.D. from Cornell, where he’s currently teaching evolution classes. (And, mind you, his Rate-My-Professor score is a 4.5/5 overall.)

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