October 19th, 2007 5:33 pm | by LocalCut News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Professor Johnny Marr?!

marrGuitar legend/Smiths founder/Modest Mouse member/Portland resident Johnny Marr can add another title to his long resume: professor. The AP is reporting that Salford University hired Marr as a visiting professor of popular music and recording.

Dreamiest. Professor. Ever.

It's gotta be hard to switch gears from rock star to teacher, though. I mean, I don't want to make sweeping generalizations about musicians, but don't they sleep with lots of young girls/boys/small animals? Aren't they constantly playing games like "show a nut" and "s.t.d. bingo" ? Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I'm pretty sure there are rules about that stuff most Universities. I'm sure Marr is a perfect gentleman.

From the AP (we just used the good parts):

The university in Manchester, northwest England, said Thursday that Marr would deliver a series of workshops and master classes to students in its popular music and recording course.

"Salford University is offering some fantastic opportunities to students in music," said Marr, 43. "It is an honor to be appointed as a professor and I'm excited at the prospect of being able to make a contribution."

The Smiths, formed in Manchester in 1982 by Marr and singer Morrissey, have close ties to Salford, a working-class district of the city. They posed in front of the Salford Lads Club for the sleeve of their 1986 album, "The Queen Is Dead."

The band split up in 1987. Marr went on to form the band Electronic and now plays with U.S. indie kings Modest Mouse.

U.S. indie kings, eh?

The university itself, in a press release on its website, shared this nugget:

But this is not the first time that Johnny has visited Salford University. Those lucky enough to have been present at The Smiths' performance (one of the last few) held at the University in 1986 experienced what Johnny regards as the best gig he ever played. As he himself says: "the PA had to be tied down because the floor was bouncing up so high that the stage was practically falling to pieces."

Man, if things got that wild at a Smiths show, just think of the reaction to a workshop! These kids are gonna tear each other to shreds! Hot for teacher!

Marr seems to enjoy being the big man on campus. Dublin's Trinity College awarded Marr with the title of "Honorary Patron of Trinity college Dublin University Philosophical Society" earlier this year, and he visited the school to accept the honor. "The Phil is the oldest undergraduate society in the world and the award is made to 'individuals who have excelled in public life and made a worthy contribution to society,'" Jmarr.com says. "Patrons past and present include Samuel Beckett, Jonathon Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Salman Rushdie and Al Pacino."

That's pretty amazing company. Isn't it high time we awarded Johnny Marr with something?

Salford University
Johnny Marr's illustrious career
Modest Mouse
Johnny Marr's official website

Photo: borrowed from side-line.com.
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