Corey Taylor wants to write a book about outrage culture

Posted by on March 9, 2021


Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has come up with a topic for his next book. 

In a recent interview with Matt Pinfield of 95.5 KLOS’s “New & Approved,” Taylor said that he’s “getting the itch” to write a book about social media and the “‘outrage’ age.” “And it’s starting to really kind of form in my head. I may actually write it soon. Because it’s really kind of out of control out there right now.” 

Elaborates Taylor (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): 

“I was reading about how Gen Z is trying to cancel Eminem because of one line that was in a Rihanna song that he did with her,” he continued. “And I’m just, like, is that where we are right now? I mean, at this point, you’re talking about the Salem witch trials. You’re talking about America in the ’20s where the KKK was a political force. You’re talking about complete condemnation without context or any rationalization for an action like that. And to me, that’s [what’s] most dangerous — when the mob decides that you’re gone. That is Caesar at the Colosseum, for god’s sakes. That’s when it’s dangerous. The level of censorship that we’re starting to see… And I’m not saying that certain things haven’t been said that easily offend people. However, the flipside of that is that you can’t even make a joke anymore — even in the cleanest of situations. [People] completely turn on you. And there’s not one hint of satire, there’s no hint of irony — it’s just all-out rage, and it’s all through this [shows his smartphone]. And that’s when it’s really greedy, that’s when it’s really dirty. It can’t be that way. If we can’t have a conversation, how the hell are we gonna communicate. And if we can’t understand the difference between metaphor and complete reality, then we’re in real trouble. And that’s where I’m leaning with the book.” 

This new work would be Taylor’s fifth book. He released his last book, ‘America 51,’ about what it means to be an American, in 2017. 

Earlier this week, Taylor announced that he would be going on a short “socially-distanced” tour in April-May behind his 2020 solo album ‘CMFT.’ Specific dates for the two-three week outing have not been revealed yet. 

Taylor has also been busy with Slipknot lately. Last month, he revealed that the band is planning on going on tour sometime around September. He also mentioned that they have “some stuff brewing” that will be announced in the next month or so.


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