COREY TAYLOR: ‘Sin Is Part Of The Emotions Of Being Human’

Darryl Smyers of the Dallas Observer recently conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Dallas Observer: You’re involved with two bands, numerous side projects, speaking engagements and now a book. What else can fit on your plate?

Corey: Me and [SLIPKNOT percussionist] Clown [a.k.a. Michael Shawn Crahan] are starting our own film production company. That’s probably a year or two away, but we’re both really excited about it. I am a huge movie fan and Clown is an amazing director. This is going to be his way of sorting out the movie business and really getting into directing. I am going to start out with that and then branch out into other territory. It’s going to be sink or swim, basically.

Dallas Observer: Your book, “Seven Deadly Sins”, is certainly not a conventional autobiography. You basically chronicle the many times that you have sinned over the years. Do you think sin is just a natural part of life?

Corey: That depends on what you call a sin. To me, a sin is something that affects someone in a very negative way. But, there are two sides to every story. Sin is part of the emotions of being human. For me, coming to grips with sin is part of a common sense answer in a common sense age, and we need more common sense these days. Too many people are toeing some kind of party line. All that is doing is wrapping us up in all this crap that we can’t make our way out of. We need to bring it down to a more personal level. Like when you cheat on your wife, of course that is a sin. It’s part of the emotion itself, because we all feel it.

Dallas Observer: Is your book a celebration of sin or a cautionary tale of what could result from sinning?

Corey: It’s a celebration of being human, definitely. It’s about me going through every one of these so-called sins and coming out the other side. And I learned a hell of a lot. I wasn’t sinning by having the emotions. I was sinning by doing the act of sinning. I came out the other side and I was a better person for it. I learned to be a good person because I went through all of these things.

Dallas Observer: Were you surprised that the book has received such an overwhelmingly positive reaction?

Corey: I was, to be honest. When you put yourself out like that, you’re just waiting for the fallout. But everyone has really enjoyed it. There were some odd reviews where people expected me to write some common, normal tell-all book. I threw a curve ball at them. It was half essays and half telling stories about me growing up.

Read the entire interview from the Dallas Observer.