Reading List: Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour Shares His Three Favorite Books
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:56:58
With the release of his critically acclaimed, New York Times best-seller, Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good, Stone Sour and Slipknot main man Corey Taylor has already embarked on an influential and inspiring literary career.
Taylor's prose matches his musical output with a visceral vibrancy that's all his own. He's writes like Hunter S. Thompson on steroids, combining rapid-fire wit and real life anecdotes that ultimately unveil larger themes encoded within his words. Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad and Damaged Good is simply the beginning as Taylor is on a path to become an incredibly important author.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino, Corey Taylor shares his three favorite books.
Corey Taylor's Three Favorite Books:
Stephen King — The Stand
I'd have to say the unabridged version of The Stand with the extra 150,000 words. I pretty much read that once a year, and I have since I was fucking 20-years-old. It's one of my all-time favorite books, and it's such an adventure that it's almost like reading the script to a fantastic movie that you know will never get made. The Stand is definitely a favorite. How stoked do you think I was when Slipknot got mentioned in Stephen King's Cell? Fuck dude, I was losing my mind [Laughs]. I definitely want to read 11/22/1963. (Available at Amazon)
Hunter S. Thompson — Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The second one would obviously be Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That book is so intelligently frenetic that it almost pisses me off that I didn't write it. It's such a great book. (Available at Amazon)
Legs McNeil — Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
The third one would have to be Please Kill Me, which is a wonderful look at the New York punk scene in the 1970s, but it also touches on the Midwest, California, and England in the 1970s. It really examines the birth of punk. It was one of the first books I'd ever read that was done interview style. It's all bits and pieces of firsthand accounts similar to the way Walk This Way and The Dirt were done. Please Kill Me was the first book I'd read which was like that. I think it was the first of its kind. It's a fantastic read. If you're into music history and you want to know where real punk music came from, read that book first. (Available at Amazon)
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