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It is the time of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, a day celebrated across cultures and across millennia as a time of new beginnings. Maynard James Keenan describes the solstice as “a story, a metaphor for stepping into the light. All stories are true, whether or not they’re factual. They have power, and tapping into them puts us in a headspace that anything is possible.” Here, at long last, is a first look at Maynard’s own story: “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things.”

“A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Author Sarah Jensen’s 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. 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. 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. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American visionary artist and longtime friend of Keenan. Accompanying the text are photos of Keenan from childhood to the present.

Maynard’s story is a metaphor for the reader’s own evolution and an encouragement to follow one’s dreams, hold fast to individual integrity, and work ceaselessly to fulfill our creative potential.

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lumps
lumps
6 years ago

Too bad this wasn’t a short film or movie rather than a book.

st1nkf1st
st1nkf1st
Member
6 years ago

Looks and sounds like a good read……. make sense? Umma buy it and read it! Than sell it on ebay.

eh

tiresias
tiresias
Member
6 years ago

Obviously I will buy this. It will pale in comparison to the collected letters of Hunter Stockton Thompson as a mirror into the mind of an artist, but Mr. Keenan was never a man of letters. He is a man of song, sculpture and dance. His voice captures us, and I think it is important that he had a good friend available to write and listen. Good stuff.

nad
nad
6 years ago

no one even cares. this group of people have hit rock bottom

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 years ago

Funny how you are the contrarian that we have all grown to endure.
Maynard would be impressed if he knew who you were.

OD
Reply to  hellboy1975
5 years ago

I pre ordered 2 copies, one for me and one for my brother, should be interesting.

nad
nad
6 years ago

i personally will buy this but i was more commenting on the fact that you are one of three people. the hype train behind anything these people do is gone.

L-Hol
L-Hol
Reply to  hellboy1975
6 years ago

hahaha dam straight hellboy. CHOO CHOO indeed fuckos!

elusivEuphoria
elusivEuphoria
Reply to  nad
6 years ago

Honestly…. What are you talking about? Does maynard releasing a biography require a “hype train”? 1 of 3 people…. ? 5 individuals including yourself at this point have commented, 4 of which (again including you) have claimed you’ll buy it and read it. Count me in too. Maynard’s narrative prior to and within Tool and other projects has, to me, been interesting. I think I’d enjoy reading this. It’s becoming painfully obvious that there are a group of commenters here (and elsewhere) that have let the frustration of waiting for a new tool album get to them. Moreover, the level… Read more »

L-Hol
L-Hol
Reply to  elusivEuphoria
6 years ago

+1 well said elusiv. I will also buy it and (hopefully) enjoy it thoroughly!

DRURY
DRURY
6 years ago

I used to read mountains of books. The internet destroyed that. I’ll read this book.

Stinkfist
Stinkfist
6 years ago

This funny fuck will happily send more money for this.

Cannot wait to get my hands on this book and I’m sure it will sell extremely well. Wouldn’t surprise me if it cracked a few bestseller lists upon release.

@ out…
Stinkfist

UndKeineEier
Member
6 years ago

I have a feeling this book isn’t going to be all that great…

but I’m definitely very interested in checking it out nonetheless.

st1nkf1st
st1nkf1st
Member
Reply to  UndKeineEier
6 years ago

I have a feeling that a Tool release might be around the same time of this of this? New site, New Book, New Vintage, New Tool

eh

hexagone
hexagone
6 years ago

Yeah I will read it. But let’s be real, we’ve all heard the guy in interviews and such…you can never tell if he’s joking, lying, telling the truth, talking in metaphors or telling shitty jokes. I can only take so much of that. I imagine this book will be more of the same. More puscifer than tool in tone and prob content. But I will at least start to read it.

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
6 years ago

really exited about this. I cannot understand how you could not be if you are a Tool fan.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
6 years ago

I’ll read it too! I’m actually excited to read this for sure. Don’t understand where you get you’re attitude nad.

adoxnz
adoxnz
6 years ago

For someone who is always so private and cryptic, it will be interesting to see how far he opens up about himself…. That in itself compels me to want to read it; it’s hard to get a sense of who Maynard really is with all the smoke and mirrors. Plus the fact that he is realistically a creative genius.

I’ll totally splurge a few MB of data torrenting this as an ebook

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  adoxnz
6 years ago

Yes I shall proudly torrent it too.
I’ll even seed it for a few months/years simply out of my pure respect and admiration for Maynard.

rinkwhopper
rinkwhopper
6 years ago

pre-ordered

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
6 years ago

Could. Not. Care. Less.

New album.

Maybe before the 12th year.

manowarrollins
manowarrollins
6 years ago

No disrespect to Maynard, because in a lot of ways he seems like a pretty good guy, but probably the people who could most benefit from this book are his three bandmates.

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
6 years ago

it should be good to read what his relationship with Adam is really like. i hope he tells it like it is, especially during the APC and recent times…

SirGreat
SirGreat
6 years ago

Buzz Says that Adam says that the shortest song Tool is working on now is 12 minutes: http://teamrock.com/feature/2016-06-28/best-albums-melvins-buzz-osborne “Stoner Witch in particular was a lot of fun to make, and we really learnt a lot in the studio on that one. I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually; 19 days, which for us is a long time. Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they’ve spent about ten years putting together the new one. And they haven’t even started recording yet, but Adam [Jones, Tool guitarist] told me… Read more »

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