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2003-05-10 09:20:54 PM  
Should be an honorary degree for making the same album fifteen years running. The 'AC/DC' Award
2003-05-10 10:38:07 PM  
Wow. What instrument does he play? He knows music theory? Or is this just more proof that any farking idiot can get a degree from Berklee?
2003-05-10 11:04:00 PM  
Not to be confused with Berkeley, apparently.
2003-05-10 11:25:08 PM  
ACF: he was actually the drummer in the early days before he became the lead singer.
2003-05-11 12:25:25 AM  
Is this cause he couldn't get a Berklee degree on his own?

His work with Aerosmith seems to imply that point.
2003-05-11 12:28:54 AM  
2003-05-11 12:29:36 AM  
Ack. That was supposed to be an img src.

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2003-05-11 01:44:46 AM  
Yeah, ACF, yer the real musician. He's just a poseur gazillionaire with millions of fans and a daughter with great DSL. But you know music theory. Yer de man!
2003-05-11 02:51:00 AM  
His daughter has DSL? I must be thinking of something else. DSL?
2003-05-11 02:52:54 AM  
"Going down, Dr. Tyler?"
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/couldn't find the real screenshot. This seemed funnier. I'm drunk.

2003-05-11 02:54:00 AM  
RandomBob - Dick Sucking Lips.

You're welcome.
2003-05-11 02:55:13 AM  
Should be an honorary degree for making the same album fifteen years running. The 'AC/DC' Award

Norad wins.

Although I'd call it the Lenny Kravitz award: Making the Same Album 15 Years Running Although Led Zep and The Beatles Already Made the Same Album In the First Place Which You, Mr. "I Get To Bang Hot Chicks" Kravitz, Merely Emulate" award.

And no, Phrenile, it isn't to be confused with Berkeley. That's in California, as you know. The Berklee school is in Boston.
2003-05-11 02:55:20 AM  
How come Tom Hamilton didn't get a doctorate too? He's been in the band just as long, and he actually had to learn to play an instrument....

Berklee.... yuck, freakin' popularity contest.
2003-05-11 02:55:53 AM  
Good for him. Mr. Tallarico is a good man.
2003-05-11 02:59:56 AM  
Tyler recalled telling his mother when he was four years old that he wanted to be a musician when he grew up. His mother told him he couldn't do both.

i dont get it. i guess i should get some sleep or something.
2003-05-11 03:02:07 AM  
Hmmm...that's interesting. This article doesn't show up if I just go to the main page of Fark...I have to refresh to pull this article up. Any reasons why? Is this a Total Fark article that somehow slipped through the cracks?
2003-05-11 03:06:45 AM  
[i]UnknownCactus[/i]: Musicians are perpetual children.
2003-05-11 03:17:50 AM  
I hate Berklee kids. Act like they own the joint.
2003-05-11 03:20:38 AM  
And before some illiterate idiot throws a fit...


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2003-05-11 03:20:57 AM  
Applauds for ACF. Well done, then again this is an "honorary" degree. Hell, Regis Philbin got an honorary degree from Notre Dame so I'm not really impressed.

I agree though, the term "musician" is applied to way too many wannabes.

And if you think the amount of money or fans a guy has determines whether or not someone is a true musician or artist is like determining the best brain surgeon by how many operations done per year, or which one's the cutest.

There's a hell of a lot more to music than picking up a guitar and putting it with vocals.

2003-05-11 03:31:10 AM  
The Doctor is in.

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2003-05-11 03:31:12 AM  
Now I have hope!! I always thought that it took talent and hard work to get a doctorate. Thank god that myth got dispelled. If being in a garage band qualifies a person for a high degree from one of the most prestigious art schools in the nation,well, all I can say is:WOOHOO!
Wanna come up and see my etchings?
2003-05-11 03:38:48 AM  
"paved with lines of coke" should have been used in the article
2003-05-11 03:39:04 AM  
Dude looks like a lady !

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2003-05-11 03:43:16 AM  
I read that headline really fast and I thought it read:
"Steven Tyler awarded doctorate degree in bukkake."

No, the internet told me that happened to Rod Stewart / Jordan Knight / Em / Madonna / Snoop / some cheerleader at my cousin's school / Jerry Garcia / Starland Vocal Band / 10cc / The Lovin' Spoonful

/last two are funny for obvious reasons
2003-05-11 03:47:54 AM  
Dear lord. That is the spitting image of my old high school principal at my graduation ceremony. And she was definately not Steven Tyler. For one, she has a horrible voice, and she never shuts her mouth. Wait a minute...
2003-05-11 03:48:44 AM  
I have a friend who graduated from Berklee. He composes songs for marching bands.
2003-05-11 03:59:51 AM  
I have an enemy who graduated from Berklee. I hate him.
2003-05-11 04:03:14 AM  
Maybe it's the same guy? o_0
2003-05-11 04:06:34 AM  
Unlikely, unless he's a lisping, 6'5" pretentious programmer-wannabe...
2003-05-11 04:07:10 AM  
RandomBob - Dick Sucking Lips.

You're welcome.

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2003-05-11 04:13:33 AM  
ya mel gibson got his saturday at loyola marymount in la
2003-05-11 04:19:13 AM  
I'm 43...... When I was 14 Aerosmith was way happening. Cameros were cool, you could smoke pot in the theaters, it was still ok to be a hippy. No matter how loose and relaxed the times were back then, a degree from Berklee still meant that you could read sheet music. Course, I can't get too wadded up about this simply because of Liv Tyler..... That's the silver lining to this story!
2003-05-11 04:29:07 AM  
Randall: If you were Steven Tyler and could have sex with any woman in the world, who would you pick?

Dante: Kaitlyn.

Randall: Really?

Dante: (sigh) Yeah...

Randall: You wanna know who I'd choose? I'd have sex with Liv Tyler.
2003-05-11 04:46:57 AM  
Whoa, look at all the fancy-nancy pretentious music blowhards in this thread. How presumptuous you all are of this man's productive achievement versus his popularity when I can bet you hardly know a thing about him or his musicianship.

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are the chief songwriters of Aerosmith. There's only one other band I can think of that has lasted longer in the spotlight, and that's the Rolling Stones. That's some 35-40 years of writing hit music. That MUST mean he's doing something right. Say whatever you want about his musical aptitude, you can't deny he has practically an unconscious ability to write a good hook and a good lyric, and those of you who delve into books and theory at Julliard or Berklee or wherever the hell it is where they think mode and scale are important would kill to have that kind of gift and knack for songcraft.

The fact that he's from Boston might also have something to do with it. But I'm sure he's being honoured for being one of the most successful songwriters of the last half century.
2003-05-11 04:54:22 AM  
you forgot the Bee-Gees
2003-05-11 04:59:08 AM  
Lets hope singing lessons came with that doctorate.
2003-05-11 05:10:09 AM  
they are good...you are bad..the end
2003-05-11 05:29:36 AM  
Imagine that -- stupid colleges giving out honorary degrees just to get famous people to show up.

You know, Mike Tyson is a doctor. Got an honorary degree from Central State University in Ohio. "Doctorate in Himane Letters."

I guess I'll submit that one and see if it gets in :)
2003-05-11 05:52:19 AM  
err, Humane Letters.
2003-05-11 06:37:51 AM  
Hey... You guys ever see that one Aerosmith video with ... uh ... those chicks? They were hot. No clue what the song was.
2003-05-11 06:46:05 AM  
I wanna go to Berkeley :/

Not Berklee...
2003-05-11 06:46:40 AM  
And who else hates that damn "Purple Throbber" ad? I really hope they go out of business- soon.
2003-05-11 07:01:42 AM  
I agree Ishkur, he is a good song writer and is good at what he does. if they were a one hit wonder of yesterday there's no way they would be around this long. love them or hate them.. they have influence music for many years.

But I would still like to know how big Steven Tyler's mouth would get if he smashed his finger with a hammer!
2003-05-11 07:56:52 AM  
Cool, And yesterday i just scored tickets to see them w/Kiss in August! Goin' to see the Dr.
2003-05-11 08:02:31 AM  
Yeah, ACF, yer the real musician. He's just a poseur gazillionaire with millions of fans and a daughter with great DSL. But you know music theory. Yer de man!

Thing is, he's right though. That's what a music degree is about, not selling albums. He deserves a degree in music as much as he deserves a degree in astronomy; what he does has about as much to do with either. And if you think that selling a lot of albums and making a lot of money makes you a good musician, you're high.

I'm not saying that he's not a good musician, mind you, I'm just saying that the kind of thing he does has little to nothing to do with what goes on in a music school. I've been in a lot of bands, write a lot of songs, etc., and I think I'm reasonably good at it. Do I deserve a degree in music? Hell no! I have friends who've gotten master's degrees in music, and I've seen what they do and what they go through. It is nothing at all like the way rock and roll musicians do music, and it's an awful lot of work to trivialize it by giving out degrees to people who haven't done the work and don't understand it.

I'm not being a music snob or anything, some of my favorite bands write two chord noisy music. I even like some older Aerosmith. I'm just saying that he deserves a degree in music like I deserve a degree in...well, music. Actually, I feel that way about pretty much all honorary degrees.
2003-05-11 08:03:08 AM  
how sad for Berklee.
2003-05-11 08:13:51 AM  

Should be an honorary degree for making the same album fifteen years running. The 'AC/DC' Award

Norad, that's a dirty damn lie! They've been making the same album for at least two decades!
2003-05-11 08:27:32 AM  
deserves asinine tag...
2003-05-11 08:33:52 AM  
I saw Joe Perry at a carnival once.
Dude looks like a lady.
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