Today we’re talking to Paul Green—the founder of School of Rock and Paul Green’s Rock Academy. During our conversation, Paul takes us back to his humble beginnings in Philadelphia, and reveals what set his rock career and legendary school in motion. He also gives us the ultimate music history lesson, shares what playing guitar taught him about boldness and identity, and talks about how a community college honors program changed his life.
Why the idea of success simply doesn’t matter
Always thinking about what’s next
Embracing your weirdness and creativity
Lessons on hard work from Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix
Why he doesn’t like the word talent
The importance of grace and humility
Paul Green is a record producer, film producer, director, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, music teacher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who founded School of Rock (formerly known as The Paul Green School of Rock Music), a performance-based music program for kids. This for-profit educational company operates and sponsors franchises for after-school music instructional programs in the United States.
Paul has been working in rock music for over 20 years. He was the subject and participant in the documentaries, Rock School and Woodstock: Then and Now, and has worked with such rock royalty as Jon Anderson, Gene Ween, Adrian Belew, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper, and Perry Farrell.