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Maynard James Keenan To Read From Authorized Biography at Mesa Arts Center

Unlike the next Tool album, rumors of Maynard James Keenan's authorized biography were not unfounded.

It appears that the tome, penned by Sarah Jensen, will actually publish and see the light of day (unlike the new Tool album). 

Keenan, along with Jensen, will discuss the new book, A Perfect Union on Contrary Things, at Mesa Arts Center on Friday, November 25. The event will feature in-person readings and discussions about the book as well as a Q&A with the mercurial singer of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. 

Keenan has announced a handful of similar events across the country. The Mesa event will be preceded by stops in Nashville, New York, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. at livenation.com, mesaartscenter.com, and the Mesa Arts Center box office. 

New Times asked Keenan about the book in an interview earlier this fall. Keenan says the genesis was a milestone birthday a few years ago.

"Well, I was turning 50, so the idea was to get the biography ready before my 50th birthday, but of course it takes a lot longer to put those things together than you would think, so we're a couple years late," he said.

Jensen and Keenan go back pretty far. She's the older sister of a high school friend, the singer told Rolling Stone, and she was able to observe Keenan's development into a rock star firsthand.

As for the book itself, it's written in Jensen's voice, with occasional asides from Keenan.

"I would speak with her for maybe a couple hours on a Sunday, on a Wednesday, maybe just go over some stories or points, and she would write them from an observer's perspective," Keenan told New Times of the creative process. "In her voice but from an onlooker's perspective, almost like a story."
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David Accomazzo is a music wrangler, award-winning reporter, critic, and editor with more than a decade in the business.
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