COREY TAYLOR On His 'You're Making Me Hate You' Book: 'This One Feels Really Like Me'

July 23, 2015

Lou Brutus of "HardDrive Radio" recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABERMOUTH.NET).

On whether it was his intention to write his third book, "You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look At The Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left", in a more "natural" tone than was the case with his previous books:

"It just kind of happened. This was the book that I kind of wanted to write [all along], but I knew I didn't wanna do it until I got some traction, basically. The first two books I loved writing, but this one feels really like me. It's just kind of a rant, stream of consciousness. It's me, basically, just kind of going off and just talking about the observations that I see around the world. And that's something you and I talk about, it's the way I talk with my friends, it's the way I talk with everybody. So, for me, it's probably the most 'Corey Taylor' of all my books. I touched on it in 'Seven Deadly Sins'. 'A Funny Thing Happened…', I kind of got away from it, 'cause I was trying to figure things out, make a point and tell stories. This one is pure 'get off my lawn' — shaking the cane in my knee-high black socks and just angry at the world. So, hopefully it's funny. A lot of people tell me it's funny, [and] that's what I was shooting for."

On how he managed to find the time, between his obligations with SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR, to write the new book:

"For me, it's taking advantage of the down time, a lot of times. I wrote this while we were recording [SLIPKNOT's] '.5: The Gray Chapter'. So I would work all day in the studio, dealing with heavy, heavy stuff, and then I would go back to where we were staying in Venice [California], and then I'd be, like, 'Okay, it's time to take that head off and put the other head on, so I can laugh a little bit.' And then usually it would be while I was driving to the studio and back that I would see something. It was, like, 'That's going into this chapter.' And I would try to keep it as fresh in my mind as possible. I would just write it into the computer. So it was kind of balancing both at the same time while also not being unfocused and taking away the focus that I was trying to put on both. So it was good to be able to get both of those done at the same time, knowing that one had more priority 'cause it was coming out sooner than the other one — I could take my time a little bit more and then go back and do little punch-ups and move some stuff around. So, yeah, it's just about balance. The thing I found with myself is that I can juggle a lot of stuff, but if I'm doing too much at the same time, I can't really put that 'Taylor' energy into it… whatever that means… It's usually not a good thing, but… The thing I noticed is that, if they're not all due at the same time, I can focus on one, get that as close to completion as I can, and then jump to the next one, try to drive that home, jump to the next one, try to drive that home, so I'm not spinning the plates as much as I'm kind of just drying them off and putting them back in the cabinet."

Taylor promoted "You're Making Me Hate You" earlier this month with a combination of bookstore events and a solo tour which were one-of-a-kind shows featuring readings from the book, acoustic performance, and audience discussion.

During an appearance on the Nerdist podcast, Taylor stated about "You're Making Me Hate You": "It's fucking brutal. It's just me basically trashing everyone."

Taylor said that his original title — which the publisher refused to allow him to use — was "You're Making Me Hate You (Or How Justin Bieber Sucked A Million Dicks To Make His Money)".

Taylor's last book, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven", was published in the summer of 2013 and landed at No. 23 on the New York Times "Hardcover Non-Fiction" best sellers list.

His first book, 2011's "Seven Deadly Sins: Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", also made the list at No. 26.


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