Maynard James Keenan’s Official Memoir Receives Title + Release Date
Written by Sarah Jensen in collaboration with Maynard James Keenan, the upcoming memoir A Perfect Union of Contrary Things will be published on Nov. 8 by Backbeat Books.
“The book traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking,” reads the book’s description. “A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist, 'A Perfect Union of Contrary Things' pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art. Until now, Maynard's fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. 'A Perfect Union of Contrary Things' presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included are sidebars in his own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative, as well as commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues.”
“I didn't really want to write it as an autobiography, first-person — I'd rather have it be more in story form, like you're kind of along for the journey, with sidebars by me throughout, in my voice, kind of expanding on particular instances or anecdotes,” Keenan told Rolling Stone. “But for the most part, it's just she and I on the phone a couple times a week, just going over timelines, going over stories, etc."
Tool are still working on the band’s long-awaited fifth studio album, which has been 10 years in the making. Maynard has released a wealth of material with Puscifer during that time, the most recent work being 2015’s Money Shot.
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