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Perfect Union of Contrary Things - Sarah Jensen

Perfect Union of Contrary Things

Hardcover Published: 6th February 2017
ISBN: 9781495024429
Number Of Pages: 288

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Here is the authorised biography of the one and only Maynard James Keenan.

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, who has designed Tool's album and stage art.

Accompanying the text are photos of Keenan from childhood to the present, as well as reproductions of his early drawings and writings. 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 fulfil our creative potential.

About the Authors

Sarah Jensen A writer and editor, her work ranges from creative nonfiction, journalism, and poetry to strategic messaging and developmental editing. Her 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his philosophies, his career trajectory, his struggles and joys, and his preference in omelets.

Maynard James Keenan (Arizona) is an internationally revered musical artist and a vintner. He is best known as the lead vocalist in the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, and as the leader of Puscifer, a music project that is the brainchild of Keenan and of which he is the sole permanent member. Keenan is also the owner of Caduceus Cellars winery in Jerome, Arizona.

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Sydney Australia


Hooked from begining to end


I'm a big fan of Maynard's music, but I didn't really know much about him or how the bands Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle came to be. I found this book fascinating as it retells his life story from the quiet 'weird' kid at school and what inspired him to join the military, work in a pet shop of all things and his journey to becoming an international rock star and beyond. It is so well written I found myself hooked and could barely put it down. It's a funny, informative and entertaining read. If you're a fan of Maynard and his music I recommend you read this book.

Vic, Australia



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ISBN: 9781495024429
ISBN-10: 1495024423
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th February 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.75  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Type: Abridged