A Perfect Union of Contrary Things (Abridged / Hardcover)

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Having followed the career of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, I wondered what new things I would learn about him upon picking up his autobiography, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. The answer: a lot! This as-told-to life story takes us from MJK’s modest midwestern upbringing, through his time as a successful pet store merchandiser, into his many musical and artistic forays, up to his most recent passion, winemaking. We learn how military life influenced his later work as a creative and about some of his family past, including his ancestry in Italian wine country. Some common threads emerge: no man is an island; we all need friendship and support; whatever you do, do it well; never, ever give up. With guest stars from the L.A. rock scene and Maynard’s projects, this is a fun, fast read for rock enthusiasts. Maynard’s 30-year friend, Rolling Stone contributor and co-author, Sarah Jensen, ties it all up for readers with a neat bow.

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(Book). New York Times Bestseller A Perfect Union of Contrary Things is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Co-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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781495024429
ISBN-10: 1495024423
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English