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A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

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This is the official authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan, the enigmatic vocalist for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. 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. Maynard's story is a metaphor for the listener's own evolution and an encouragement to follow one's dreams, hold fast to individual integrity, and work ceaselessly to fulfill our creative potential.

©2016 Sarah Jensen, Maynard James Keenen (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing

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Missing depth

I've been a long time fan of Maynard and all his projects. His lyrics are poetry are beautiful often speaking of so much depth in life however this book didn't really seem to portray that. Rather was more so continual accolades of how amazing he is almost as though he's a Greek god of perfection. There seems to be a lack of humility and reflections on the humanizing struggles of what might have gone on behind the scenes. We already know of his amazing accomplishments but what about the deeper challenges behind it all? I kind of forced myself to get through it at times to hear the story unfold (which has lots of interesting details) but regardless he certainly is an amazing artist.

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  • Au global
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MJK


This book was a great glimpse at the man, himself.
Loved the mix of Maynard with the reading.

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Great book

Gives more insight into an artist that has always interested me. Love the fact that Maynard reads parts of the book as well.

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Surpassed Expectations!

Clear and articulate narration with ocassional dialog from Maynard himself. I enjoyed hearing his story and was intrigued by the depth it went into over the course of his life. I finished with a broadened insight and respect for him.

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  • MY
  • 2018-12-17

Insightful and Entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I finally have some insight into the man behind the songs and the lyrics that I've enjoyed and admired for over 20 years; his early beginnings, his upbringing, his struggles and his successes. I was always so curious about the man that was responsible for writing and helping create some of the most powerful and most interesting music I've ever heard. He is such a private individual and I was so tired of the assumptions and speculations about the man. Now I know because it's coming straight from the horse's mouth, and I'm truly grateful. The book shattered a lot of my pre-conceptions and dispelled a lot of the false info and assumptions that floated out there. It even inspired me, which I did not expect. A must read for fans of Maynard and his music.

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  • CAROL AYALA
  • 2016-11-23

a wonderful read!

I never knew much about maynard. he is a very private man by nature but I love his musical vetures. I knew of his winery and watched blood into wine. that was the first glimpse I saw of him outside of his musician hat. this book comes full circle and give you as complete of an account of this man we will probably ever get. This book was interesting and got me excited to listen to tool and puscifer and a perfect circle again . I actually stopped the book and times and listed to his music chronologically with the book and it created a vision and depth that almost felt like I knew maynard... or wished I did lol. very good read and will recommend to people who are fans or could appreciate his story.

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  • Timothy L. Diebert
  • 2016-11-17

Insite Into the Unseen!

I have been a fan of Tool, APC, Puscifer, MJK & his wine starting in the mid 90's. Though James aka Maynard has typically been shrouded in the shadows for much of his career this book is a refreshing peak into his life from childhood, thru failures & of course triumphs. Had my attention from beginning to end & may even listen a second time. It's cool to hear of surrounding elements to shows of his that I've been to & to finally get a personal glance at MJK as a guy finding his way thru life as we all do. Very interesting & entertaining! Highly recommended whether you think you are familiar with his story or not.

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  • Stephen Craig Anderson
  • 2017-04-07

A must for any real Maynard fan..

What did you love best about A Perfect Union of Contrary Things?

I loved that Maynard personally narrated the majority of his quotes. I myself have followed all of his bands and there is a lot of blank spots filled and dots connected.

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  • Wessel
  • 2017-03-17

a good audio book to just sit and listen

Gives you a glimpse into the artist life and how his art and life came to be but also leave alot to ones own interpretation. A definite must for all.

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  • Anne
  • 2017-04-04

Loved the narration of this book!!

the narration was superb. an eye opening listen to not only fans of Maynard but to anyone who is interested is good story telling.

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  • Rob Mathisen
  • 2017-06-21

Having Maynard read his own side notes was great!

Been a fan of Tool and A Perfect Circle for ages. it was a given that I'd enjoy the hell outta somethin like this considering that, so I can admit my own bias, but this is the only official biography of Maynard Keenan so if that's what's drawn you to this book it's a no brainer. Read it, you'll love it.

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  • Sean
  • 2016-11-27

Intriguing story from start to finish

As someone who's been a big fan of Maynard's music and character since I was 13 (1993) I really appreciated this book!
It's nice to see someone with great talent and fame be as selfless and he is selfish and the balance of just wanting to be who you are not who other want you to be. I'm sure any fan of MJK is going to read this but for ppl who may be on the fence or not know about his talent or the talent he seems to surround himself with take a leap of faith! You may come away not only with a great read but an artist and his art to admire in many different ways.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-23

must have. you will learn so much

this is a must listen. captivating. informative. enlightening. just as good as anything he's done

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  • Travis Balchun
  • 2016-11-14

Entertaining, Informative, and Inspiring

I found Maynards story to be profound, entertaining, and full of art. As a musician and lover of creation I found this story to help with many topics I struggle with. I felt shifted in my perspective by the tales end.

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  • nathan adkins
  • 2017-07-20

The only biography ever that isn't boring as hell

So I normally get put to sleep by biographies. This one is different, at least for me. As a long time fan of Tool and APC, I couldn't help but be curious about what makes this guy tick. Always wondering why he hides in the shadows at their concerts, how he got into wine making, and most importantly, what made him become who he is, as awesomely different as he seems.

This book answers all that, and revealed to me so much more about the guy, that makes me appreciate his lyrics and sense of humor more than ever. He was a very interesting person, from even a young age, and couldn't really be classified into a cookie-cutter "type". He's highly intelligent, multi-talented and confidently drives for perfection in everything he does (and achieves it!), and yet seems to retain a certain amount of humbleness. Not exactly what most think of in a huge rock star.

Anyway, the book was great. The audio performance is good as well. If you're a fan, definitely check this one out.

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