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Alice Cooper Receives Second Honorary Doctorate Of Music

Official Alice Cooper Website

Meet Dr. Alice Cooper! At first, this “no more Mr. nice guy” just wanted to be “elected,” but he got a little more than he bargained for- he got a doctorate degree. Earlier today, he delivered the graduation commencement speech at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles to 600 students, while also receiving a doctorate of music from the Institute. This is the second doctorate award Cooper has gotten in his musical career so far, as in 2004, he was awarded his first degree from Grand Canyon University.

Some highlights of his speech, according to the article:

First of all, the fact that I am here as your keynote speaker raises a lot of red flags. It show’s an obvious lack of judgment on your part, he said jokingly. One more of these and I can write prescriptions.

Other key words from his speech:

Mediocrity is your greatest enemy.

If you’re going to be in this business, don’t be afraid to go out on that limb as far as you can.

If you succeed, you become a genius; if you fail, you become an idiot. You can always start again.

Apparently, chickens don’t fly as much as they plummet.

Elvis said to me, Hey, man, yer that cat with the makeup and the snakes. That’s cool, man. I dig that.

So there I was with a loaded snub nose Smith and Wesson 38 aimed at Elvis Presley. The little devil on my shoulder said, Kill him. The angel the other shoulder said, No, just wound him…

Congrats Dr. Coop-Man!

Who do you think should receive an honorary doctorate of music?

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