A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things 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 year friendship with Keenan gives

  • Title: A Perfect Union of Contrary Things
  • Author: Maynard James Keenan Sarah Jensen
  • ISBN: 9781495024429
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, 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.

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    1. If you make the same mistake I did and approach this book as a fan of MJK the musician, you'll be tremendously disappointed. The composition of a Tool album is given a few sparse lines. APC and Puscifer just a bit more. Pages and pages dedicated to why he moved certain places, to wine, to pet store displays.It's an interesting look at an artist, but in a hands-off, worshipful manner. He can do no wrong from the writer's perspective, and everything is delivered carefully and from afar.It's about [...]

    2. Midway through this book, I came here to read some reviews, out of curiosity. It is surprising to me, and yet not really, that I saw complaints that the man in the book wasn't "fascinating", that prose was " meandering and disjointed", that it appeared to only highlight the positives of his life. We must have read a different book. One of the things that drew me to Tool as a young teenager, was the *intelligence* of the music. I value intelligence above all things, and when I hear a band and one [...]

    3. Unless you're a huge fan of MJK, this book is boring and hard to read. The writing is meandering and disjointed. MJK is man who is pulled in many directions and succeeds at everything he does without conflict. There is nothing fascinating about the man in this book however fascinating his lyrics are. I started skimming halfway through and chose to finish by only reading his quotes.

    4. This book would have been better off if it were less tale and more interview. In fact, I felt like the only times I actually got something valuable from the book was when the author quoted Maynard himself. This truly is a passed opportunity on making this one long interview that goes deep.As far as the writing goes, well. The style is readable but boring. I can probably best compare it with a stale piece of bread trying to soak up delicious gravy. The gravy tastes still good but the overall plea [...]

    5. I've never been a huge fan of Tool and had never heard of Pusifier or Perfect Circle or even Maynard 's name until I met my boyfriend. He is a huge fan of all three bands and loves MJK. over the time we've been together I've grown to enjoy the music and thought that he sounded like an interesting dude. When I heard the book was coming out I was excited because this is more my thing and I was generally interested in finding more out about MJK. Having said that, this biography was terrible; mostly [...]

    6. This was a well written, well paced and very interesting book about Maynard James Keenan, the mind behind the amazing band TOOL, the figure who conceived of the ensemble Puscifer and several other bands. An intesly private person I was looking forward to learning more about the man behind so much revolutionary music and this book certainly met this expectation.We learn a little about Maynard's family and their backstory, his early years in a small American town, sporting victories at high school [...]

    7. It's - not great. The writer is clearly good, but she's also very clearly a VERY CLOSE FRIEND of MJK and it shows. This idea probably needed a Rolling Stone-type journalist with no scruples and all access. I think the book comes up against (often) the limits of what MJK is willing to talk about/publish, and the stuff that he IS willing to talk about just isn't very interesting. Bit of a let down.

    8. For me, 2017 was the year of Maynard. I got to see Tool and A Perfect Circle live in New York, and both were otherworldly experiences, bucket list items, the gigs of a lifetime. So, naturally, I had to pick this up.He’s always been a very private person who’s shied away from the limelight (literally – he sings in a dark corner at the back of the stage), so the fact that he agreed to tell his life story had me both intrigued and dubious. The memoir follows his life from child, to student, t [...]

    9. "Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw." - Maynard James KeenanNot your usual rockstar bio. There are no tales of thrashed hotel rooms and overindulgence. Instead we get a rough mapping of how James Herbert Keenan, a young boy from Ohio, grew into Maynard James Keenan, the charismatic, spotlight shunning frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. I knew a lot of Maynard's past already, that he used to run track, that he was in the army, that he went to art sc [...]

    10. Somewhere early in this book about Tool's singer, Maynard James Keenan, it becomes evident that none of his artistry is included in the writing or story telling. The author is not MJK and is told in a weird 3rd person narrative with wholly fictional stories that combine with a lack of depth I have never seen in any book I've ever read. This is a travesty as the subject is possibly the most artistic and enigmatic character in modern music. This book is a stink bomb.

    11. I wish I had not read this book. I think many people leaving reviews are saying similar things to what I'm about to say. The book writing style is boring, it has little to no info on Tool, lots of bragging about how great he is - nothing negative and he's really not that interesting. 20 years ago when I was listening to Tool I was so awed by the mystery behind all the writing, the man who wrote those words and the power behind some of most liberating music I've ever heard. I wish he realized tha [...]

    12. What did I think of this book? Not much. Not a good read, sloppy writing at times and yet very confusing. The author, jumps around so much in the narrative, you often forget what the original idea was. She gathers together a small group of people who spend more time praising Maynard, you would think that he has the Midas touch in every endeavor, has solved world peace, and cured Cancer. Bits and pieces are interesting, but they get lost in all of the flowery verbiage. Make no mistake, I came at [...]

    13. I didn't love this book, but it is well-written (primarily) by Maynard's friend, Sarah Jensen. Maynard offers little tidbits of quoted insights sprinkled throughout the book. Most of the detailed narrative covers his early years leading up to the formation of Tool in L.A. After that the pace really picks up, and the "success" years seem to fly by in the last 100 pages or so. Hardcore fans of Maynard's music may be underwhelmed by the relative lack of information about tours, albums, etc but I su [...]

    14. Plodding through the saccharine prose that bulks out the majority of the biography, I really had to wonder if Jensen had considered her audience for Contrary Things. I almost put the book down permanently after a torturous extended passage describing Keenan sitting on a beach with his 'Twizzlers' and gazing at his surroundings: 'All but empty on a weekday morning, Singing Beach was the serene setting he required, a place of sand dollars and shells of the moon snail, forked tracks of seabirds, an [...]

    15. First and foremost, I enjoyed reading about the life (and particularly the choices) of an artist that I greatly admire. The book read like a breadcrumb trail - which I appreciate, because I tend to view life that way. I also appreciate the fact that "meaningless detours" often became something important in retrospect (which is also how I tend to view life).More than anything, I feel inspired. Resolved. I nearly wrote "Resolved?" and the idea of pairing a word like "resolved" with a question mark [...]

    16. Clearly being the Tool fan I am, I'm not going to give this any less than 4 stars. But it's more 4+ stars for Maynard and maybe 3 stars for Sarah Jensen's writing. It was written in a veryrange kind of way, almost reading like a fictional account. I saw someone else use the word "saccharine" to describe the prose, and I would very much agree. I guess when you are such a close, longtime friend of the person you're writing about, it's hard not to be fairly sentimental about your subject. That said [...]

    17. Maynard takes the situation he is in and creates. Whether it's a song, movie, or vineyard he lets something grab a hold of him and the passion takes over. Maynard is an interesting dude the whole walk from Massachusetts to Scottville, Michigan going through Canada was all fascinating to me. It's experiences like that which set a tone for what you want out of life. I think this book is great for someone who doesn't even listen to tool, APC or Puscifer. If anything if you stumbled across this book [...]

    18. This is a fairly fluffy piece of reading. Sarah Jensen writes in a very flowery and descriptive way that can come off as overwrought and even patronizing at times. But be clear, the book is about the man. The most compelling parts of the book come from the bits and pieces of Keenan's philosophy and formative design the book presents. The book tries to be two things at once and succeeds only once while describing Keenan's approach to Tool, songwriting, and approach to creativity. The book would h [...]

    19. Really disappointed. This book was downright painful to read. I am a big fan of MJK and love his music, talent, lyricism and even his dark stage persona. And this biography/memoir was boring, disjointed and I could not connect with it at all. Why they chose to write it third person and then spliced with unnecessary quotes from Maynard is beyond me. The style was cold and just felt narcissistic. I couldn't finish the book. I am choosing to appreciate Maynard for all the things I admire, even if m [...]

    20. Highly recommend this well-written journey of Maynard's life from student to soldier to rocker to winemaker. I have been enamored with MJK's voice, lyrics and passion since I was 14 and Tool's Sober made its debut on MTVs headbanger's ball. Since then I have been to dozens of his shows with all three of his bands and his music is always in my life. This book brought back some really great memories of some of his most eccentric and impressive performances. Everything about this paradox of a man m [...]

    21. this is more of a 3 or 3.5 star but i just can't bring myself to click the third star because even though this book was lacking for me i still love and admire Maynard so much that i have to give it 4 stars. i had no idea that he was a cross country and track runner in school and the army! *swoon*

    22. I read a lot of conflicting reviews on here, with many people expressing their disappointment that there wasn't more about Tool in the book and that the prose was too florid. While the writing was indeed a bit flowery, I feel some of the reviews are expressing misplaced entitlement to MJK's life and personal story. MJK is notoriously reclusive and protective of his private life and while the author was apparently a close friend of his, which lends a less than objective point of view to his succe [...]

    23. This came highly recommended. I am not a TOOL fan nor do I know much about him so I was intrigued. The writing is so clunky and disorganized. I gave it a shot and failed. I could only handle 45 pages before I put it down. Sorry friends.

    24. This was a great insight into the music and lyrics I've been listening to for 18 years. I would recommend this book to any fan for APC, Tool and Puscifer.

    25. When I first heard about this book I was skeptical. For years Tool was a band that kept their private lives strictly that. You didn't see them on magazine covers, or even giving interviews. The fact that Maynard had agreed to tell his life story was mind blowing as well as intriguing. The downside is that the book itself is only written with Keenan which gives it a unique style. It's an interesting glimpse into Keenan, not Tool, so if you're reading the book to gain lyrical insight you're going [...]

    26. I will start by saying I am a huge Tool fan. I can go six months with only listening to my Tool collection and not get sick of it. They are so good, they make other music obsolete for me. I still consider myself a pretty reasonable person. I do not look at Tool like some mystical musical shaman that has all of the answers. I simply just love their music. So for years I have always wondered where they got their influence - not just musically, but in their message. I am more of a book person, so I [...]

    27. Well, we have Joni Mitchell and Joseph Campbell as huge influences in common, so it is no surprise that I found this man's story fascinating. A true Wanderer.

    28. 6 stars? Not really written much by Maynard actually so the credit goes to Sarah Jensen. She perfectly captures what it is that I love about Maynard, and Tool, and APC, and Puscifer. And I can't capture it here. If you are even a casual Tool fan, you should read this.

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