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Unleashed: The Story of "Tool": The Story of "Tool": The Story of "Tool" Paperback – 6 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847727093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847727091
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel McIver (born 1971) is a British author. The best-known of his 21 books to date is the bestselling Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, first published in 2004 and selling close to 50,000 copies in nine languages since then. McIver's other works include biographies of Black Sabbath, Slayer, Ice Cube and Queens Of The Stone Age. His writing also appears in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Classic Rock and Rolling Stone, and he is a regular guest on music-related BBC and commercial radio.

In the introduction to a 2009 collection of rock writing, McIver was described as "probably the top [rock] scribe in the world", and in a book review in April 2012, Classic Rock magazine labelled McIver "by some distance Britain's most prolific hard rock/metal author".

As well as writing his own books, McIver also co-writes the memoirs of rock musicians, notably that of sometime Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, whose autobiography was published in May 2011, and of Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), whose book will appear in 2013.

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About the Author

Joel McIver is the author of 11 books on rock and metal, including the bestselling Justice for All: The Truth About Metallica, which has sold over 30,000 copies in eight languages. His previous book, The Bloody Reign of Slayer was the first biography of the band and was highly praised in the press.

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I am a big fan of Tool's music, but I have to admit that I have not gone out of my way to read in to their music. I like to make my own impression of the meaning of a song, as it's true, that people take different things from a song dependent on their emotional state and musical understanding.

Therefore, for me, as some not overly well read on all things tool, this covers some decent aspects of their beginnings, and the development to where they are today, albeit, not in huge granular detail. I think there is a good broad scope of information here, but am improved level of detail at many stages would have made this an altogether more complete read. I agree with another reviewer that it is clear that the author has not had much access to the band, if at all.

If you know a lot about the band, there is probably not much new material here for you, but if you have little background, this is a fairly decent read.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Unleashed: An Incomplete Story about TOOL. 18 Sept. 2010
By PMark1974 - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Tool,this book seemed pregnant with possibility when I discovered that someone had been bold enough to try and write a complete and current narrative about such an important and enigmatic band. What becomes apparent early is that the book is a distillation of magazine articles spanning Tool's history. It held my interest because I was reading it as background to their body of musical work, but it suffers from the obvious fact that the author has little to no face time with any members or even associates of Tool. There might be a single reference made to an interview Mr. McIver conducted himself in the whole 246 pages. His descriptions of song ideas and the almost total omission of any studio/songwriting process leave a reader w/out any insight that you might hope for. For instance, McIver makes a lot of the birth of MJK's son; but misses any connection in his exposition of the lyrics of "H" from AEnima even as he includes the detail that Maynard gave his son the middle initial H. A serious devotee of Tool would be better served seeking out some King Crimson or by reading Bob Frissell's "Nothing in This Book Is True..." This wasn't great writing even considering it as reportage. Perhaps Tool will endorse a different venture in the future whose examinations are conducted with more literate prose and more inspired attempts at revelation.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good overview with plenty of quotes 9 July 2009
By H. J. Aparicio - Published on
Format: Paperback
McIver goes into a good amount of detail about the band and he definitely appreciates Tool's ideals. His writing is OK, but not amazing. The best part, however, is his extensive use of quotes from the band. I would say literally over a third of the book is simply quotes from Tool. That's easily the most valuable part of the book. In addition McIver sheds light on the background of the band members and their creative influences and process.

For more on Tool I also recommend The Book of Tool from Revolver (second printing is sold out so it may be tough to come by) for a different look at the band--it's more album/artwork/photo oriented.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
tool review 6 Sept. 2012
By bh - Published on
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Brilliant book,brilliant band, great author, although the quality isnt that great. Pages falling out on first read, bad batch of glue or something?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nicely done 4 Nov. 2012
By Mike McAndrew - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this. As a fan of the band, I have had the privilege to experience each tour since Undertow.

Mciver did a fantastic job describing the thoughts and personalities behind some of the greatest music of a generation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
so this was a well written book that allows a good up close view if the band 4 July 2014
By Grant E. Heath - Published on
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Mandatory reading fit Tool fans. They don't give a lot if interviews or expose themselves to the media very much, so this was a well written book that allows a good up close view if the band.
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