Corey Taylor: What's the Difference Between Writing a Book & Writing a Song

"With a book, I could just fucking vomit from the brain."

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Corey Taylor: What's the Difference Between Writing a Book & Writing a Song
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Corey Taylor was asked to single out the differences between writing a book and writing songs, to which he replied (transcribed by UG):

"It's quite different, to be honest.

"With a book, I could just fucking vomit from the brain.

"But with music, at least for me, I like the confines of it, I like the structure. I love songs, I love getting in, being concise, getting people with a hook, blasting them...

"Whether it's fucking angry or melodic, and then getting out and leaving them wanting more. So to me, the book lets me unleash it and kinda take shit to its natural end, as far as that goes.

"Because my brain is fucked up. So I will take that as far as it will go until I kind of sit there and go 'I have no way to beat that to the fucking death anymore.' And I kinda go from there. So it's good to kinda have no rules, and rules. It's refreshing."

Corey was also asked for his thoughts on the current state of music industry, to which he replied:

"There's a funny answer, and then there's a serious answer.

"The funny answer is you're gonna buy fuckin' music on microwaves, and they're just gonna beam it into your face. Much like U2 did with Apple. You walk around and you're like 'Why the fuck am I hearing that?!' [Laughs]

"Honestly, a very real answer to that is I don't fucking know! It's the wild west right now when it comes to fucking music.

"There's such an antiquated fucking system setup for music that actually worked, and now all of the sudden the technology is fucking progressing so fast that we as listeners don't know to even find it anymore!

"It's ridiculous. People like me, who got kinda grandfathered in, we were able to make a living out of it. The younger bands are the ones who are getting fucked. And it's not just because of the technology, it's because the labels don't know how to fucking do it.

"They used to take money, and they would develop great artists. People like Queen! Bands like Queen were allowed to become Queen because labels believed. And now, because of the technology, that time of belief has shrunk.

"You get one album, you get one song, you get one video, to capture the moment. And if you don't, you're stuck in a fucking bargain bin, and you're sent off to try and make your way into another label.

"So to me there are positives, and there are negatives. But I'm not gonna cut it down, because I have been very fortunate to make a living and take care of my kids."

Corey Taylor released four books over the years. The latest one saw its release in 2017 under the title of "America 51: A Probe Into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside 'The Greatest Country in the World.'"

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    sheehanje
    Music has become socialistic.  I'm not trying to make a positive or negative statement with this - just an observation.  It's not salable anymore - at least how it used to be.   Very few artists are making a living off of it anymore.  It's like the national scene has become a large local scene. It's not necessarily bad - it's just what it is.  If you break even you are successful today.  The upside is anyone can get their material out.  Anyone can break onto the local scenes easy today.  You are basically a musician if you say you are. The downside is a lot of mediocrity.  There are musicians that are extremely talented and trained that get are making less then the local 3 chord punk band.  People don't expect to pay for music anymore.  It's been socialized in a way that your neighborhood probably has 6 or 7 bands in it, all filling bills on the local scene.  All of them now able to cheaply record and distribute music online.   They don't make much money off it, but they can do it.   So who's making the money?   The people selling instruments, amps, and recording gear.  The owners of the venue and the sleazy local promoter.  The later two aren't making a lot of money, but a lot of these music oriented venues would've folded years ago if not for the young bands still bringing even a small crowd on a Wednesday night.   The bands that do seem to rise to the top are truly technically talented, but there seems to be this loss of soul to the music.  Most of it is way over produced and cookie cutter originality.   I guess that hasn't changed too much - but rarely do I see a band coming out these days that keeps a listener for long - or even a song that comes out that becomes a staple of the mainstream conscious.   Instead there is a stream of slightly different songs that come and go with little notice. I'm probably wrong.  I definitely am a lifetime local scene guy - and I do enjoy seeing the kids coming out and moving it forward.  But as far as the national music industry, it's defunct.   There are still some bands that will sell out shows.  But most have to go onto crowded festival bills to eck out a living.
    bit64
    In other words : "I take music seriously. Writing books? Not one bit"
    Rayan_A
    A song is 5:43 minutes long, a book is 5.43 hours long! Thank you! Good night!
    1mmoralthang
    I'm still waiting for an official statement from Corey Taylor's neck before I believe this.