Rock Smarts: Stars who Educate
Most of us can agree some of the biggest rock stars aren't good role models.
Well what if we told you some of them were teachers at one point?
Yep, here's a few examples.
Do you think the kids had fun in class?
While at Northern Counties College of Education, Sting played in several bands. He also continued to play in a band while he was teaching at St. Paul's First School in Cramington. He taught there for two years, though was frequently absent to work on music. Eventually he joined the Police and got to do what he really loved, play in a band. As a teacher, Sting was known to be quiet strict, though apparently a lot of the girls had crushes on him.
Listen to 'Don't Stand So Close Me' to hear him recount a story from his teaching life involving his female students:
Steve Miller -
Dropping out of the University of Wisconsin just six credits short of the four-year English degree he was working towards. Miller described school as "just an opportunity for gigs". In 2010 Miller taught master classes for students at USC in the music and music industry programs.
Here's 'The Joker' by the Steve Miller Band. It doesn't have anything to do with the story above, it's just a great song:
Art Garfunkel -
Art Garfunkel attended Columbia University Teacher's College even as Simon and Garfunkel were recording albums. Was it because Art wasn't sure the project would pick up, or because he thought duo wouldn't last? Who knows. The important part is that it did. Art also briefly taught math at Litchfeild Prepatory School in Connecticut. Then he realized that 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was making more money than his teaching gig.
Here's one of the very best from Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water':
Gene Simmons -
Legend has it that a Mr. Simmons was fired after only six months of teaching sixth graders at Spanish Harlem when he passed on Shakespeare in favor of SPinder-Man comic books. Did Gene like it? He'll tell you: "I did for sixth months and I wanted to kill every single kid". It's okay Gene, we think you're better suited to spit blood, paint your face and play the bass anyways.
Here's a classic Kiss tune, dedicated to the kids who read Spider-Man instead Shakespeare:
Brian May -
Queen guitarist Brian May was working towards a doctorate when Queen took off. School taking a backseat, Brian didn't get his Ph. D, but he did get to rock the world. Recently, the astrophysicist got his Ph. D in 2007 and became the chancellor of Liverpool Moores University.
The guitarist who 'wanted it all' got it in the end, here's 'I Want It All' written by the one-and-only, Brian May:
Bonus: Which famous face-paiting rock star also occasionally teaches Bible School to this day?
If you said Mr. Alice Cooper, you are correct!
Alice says you can be a Christian and still scare people, paint your face, and cause a ruckus as long you don't drop the F word.
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