Maynard James Keenan is an industry unto himself. Once known primarily as Tool ‘s enigmatic, vocally astonishing frontman, Keenan has evolved into an ever-prolific creative force. As fans continue to wait patiently, or not so, for news of Tool’s long-rumored fifth LP, Keenan continues to busy himself with all sorts of other endeavors — art-pop collective Puscifer ; his winemaking outlet, Caduceus Cellars — that have been going on way too long to be considered mere side projects. Add one more to the list: Word emerged today that Keenan is collaborating with seasoned writer-editor Sarah Jensen on an authorized biography . Maynard James Keenan’s Authorized Biography Coming Fall 2016 We reached Keenan by phone to discuss the writing process, the day’s happenings at Caduceus and, yes, what’s up with that long-awaited Tool album. Can you give me the backstory on this book? How did it come about? 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.
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Kurt Cobain’s haunting cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” which debuted in Brett Morgen’s documentary, Montage of Heck , will be released on seven-inch vinyl on November 20th, Stereogum reports. Previously Unreleased Kurt Cobain Song Added to Doc The record features a rare Cobain original, “Sappy,” on the B-side, and is scheduled to arrive two weeks after the release of the Montage of Heck soundtrack. Word of the seven-inch initially spread on the Vinyl Collector forum, where a pre-order link was posted. A spokesperson for Morgen confirmed the release to Rolling Stone . Cobain’s cover of “And I Love Her” was one of several previously unheard tracks Morgen unearthed while scouring the late Nirvana frontman’s massive archives, which included a trove of homemade recordings. Considering Cobain once famously expressed his love of the Beatles while bashing Paul McCartney — who wrote “And I Love Her” — the discovery surprised Morgen. “Nobody in Kurt’s life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing,” the director told Rolling Stone
When Roger Waters was watching an in-progress cut of his new concert film, Roger Waters The Wall , he realized something in it was missing. Throughout the production, images of people whose lives have been irrevocably changed by war — those who are missing loved ones, those who died while fighting — flash on a giant wall constructed around the band, as it plays Pink Floyd’s landmark 1979 double album. Roger Waters Details War-Themed ‘Radio Play’ Project “I was attaching to all of the people’s fallen loved ones whose pictures we showed on the wall,” he says. The 72-year-old singer-songwriter, dressed casually in a black T, jeans and unlaced shoes, is reclining on a couch in a suite high atop the Sony building in Manhattan. “I realized that there was a bit of my narrative that was sort of missing. So I came up with the idea of making a road trip to my grandfather’s grave and to the memorial to my father. Plus, it will give me an excuse to buy an old Bentley.” He smiles widely and warmly. With the addition of Waters’ road trip, which takes some surrealistic turns between numbers from The Wall , the film became something more than a typical concert film.
Green Day will finally release Heart Like a Hand Grenade , the “lost” documentary chronicling the making of their Bush-era protest album/rock opera, American Idiot , with a wide release scheduled for October 10th, DIY reports. 15 Best Moments at the Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Shot by John Roecker over a period of nine months, the film marks the first time Green Day allowed cameras into the studio. While American Idiot was a critical and commercial success — and spawned a Broadway musical — Heart Like a Hand Grenade never saw release. It has acquired mythic status among Green Day fans, however, and was screened once, in Hollywood in 2009, for 400 fans, per the Los Angeles Times. In a statement on Green Day’s website, Roecker — a punk stalwart known for his stop-motion animation film, Live Freaky! Die Freaky! about the Manson murders — detailed his longstanding relationship with the band and the origins of the documentary. Filmed around the same time as the release of Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster , Roecker recalled Armstrong worrying that the film would falter without the same kind of intense, intra-band drama — but the filmmaker wasn’t phased. “It shows a band on top of their game creating incredible music,” Roecker said