TOOL’s MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Talks Upcoming Authorized Biography

October 3, 2015

Tool singer Maynard James Keenan’s biography will be published in the fall of 2016 thru Backbeat Books. Keenan is to collaborate on the book (written by Sarah Jensen).

Maynard James Keenan of Tool   (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

Maynard James Keenan of Tool (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

Speaking to RollingStone.com about how the idea for his biography came about, Keenan said: “One of my best friends in high school, we’re still close, his sister’s a writer, she’s 10 years older than we are; she’s kind of been around for a while, of course, seeing everything that went on pre–high school, high school, etc. So I approached her, because she’s a writer, to see if she was interested in helping me work on a semi-autobiography. Because 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. 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.”

Asked if he is giving Jensen license to incorporate all the information as she sees fit, Keenan said: “She’ll write section-by-section; we’ll go back and edit and fix and tweak, section-by-section, chapter-by-chapter. We have conversations twice a week to just go over… She’ll send me the chapters, and I’ll read them through, and then she’ll have questions or clarifications, contradictions. You talk to somebody else; they didn’t remember it the same way, so you had to rack your brain and go, ‘Okay, was I drunk? Did I sleep through that?’ A lot of just editing, fact-checking. But we’re pretty much … For the most part, it’s not complete, but it’s 90 percent complete, so we’re hoping to have it out by fall, next fall.”

Meanwhile, Keenan’s other band, Puscifer, will release their third studio album, “Money Shot”, on October 30.

 

 

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