Cool Gardens

Cool Gardens

by Serj Tankian, Sako Shahinian
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Cool Gardens by Serj Tankian, Sako Shahinian

From Serj Tankian, lead vocalist for critically acclaimed band System of a Down, comes a striking debut poetry collection highlighting his best work of the past eight years.
Like System of a Down's platinum-selling second album, Toxicity — hailed by Rolling Stone as "a bouquet of smart rock and ardent social argument" and by SPIN as "the sound of now" — Tankian's poetic style is willfully eclectic. Sometimes introspective, sometimes direct and cutting, these poems deal with subjects as wide-ranging as euthanasia and the nature of time itself.
Featuring original artwork created by Sako Shahinian, a young Los Angeles­based artist, Cool Gardens is honest, heartfelt, and humorous — a talented artist at his uncompromising best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743457415
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Serj Tankian's Web site, www. serjicalstrike.com, features more of his poetry and writings. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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From Serj Tankian, lead vocalist for critically acclaimed band System of a Down, comes a striking debut poetry collection highlighting his best work of the past eight years.

Like System of a Down's platinum-selling second album, Toxicity -- hailed by Rolling Stone as "a bouquet of smart rock and ardent social argument" and by SPIN as "the sound of now" -- Tankian's poetic style is willfully eclectic. Sometimes introspective, sometimes direct and cutting, these poems deal with subjects as wide-ranging as euthanasia and the nature of time itself.

Featuring original artwork created by Sako Shahinian, a young Los Angeles­based artist, Cool Gardens is honest, heartfelt, and humorous -- a talented artist at his uncompromising best.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I'm a HUGE System fan... who isn't? But anyway, this is overall a good book. You really have to be in the right mindset to read it and you really have to want to understand it, otherwise you'll get confused really easily. But if you do really concentrate on it, it'll probably be one of the best books you've read. ooook Well bye!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of serj's lyrics, but that's not what this is about. Even if I did not previously know Serj from his music, this book standing alone is very good and covers a very liberal artistic view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish to know whom has acctually read the book not just assume they have good poetry by their songs,i reccomend this book to everyone i know excepet my mom or some girls i know becase thair is a lot of erotic drawlings in it (not reccomended for youger ones).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Serj Tankian of system of a down is truly a wonderful writer in his songs. From political to scientific themes, he could pull off anything. I am a huge System of a Down fan and hope you will find words in not only his book but songs. He will inspire the lonley, mad, and confused minds everywhere with his technique of delving into your minds. Serj Tankian has inspired me to think about the world and its people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sako and Serj are an amazing team, Sako illustrates beautifully the page, while Serj illustrates in your mind the power of words. truely breathtaking, i recomend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing. this has inspired me to write poetry and sing. the system of a down albums are awesome, being a fan myself and the book is beautiful. serj tankian is wonderful. i congradulate him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of the poetry in this book and it is so touching! It's hard to put in words how amazingly great of and artist Serj is.He is without a doubt one of the greatest poets I've ever read. If you like deep thinking and inersearching poetry, this book is for you!!!! I LOVE SOAD!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Serj Tankian is a wonderful poet. His work is unbelievable. I've read the samples at surjicalstrike.com and they are great. I'm buying this book the day it's released. This book would be great for any system of a down fan, or if u just like great poetry.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the poetry. Well, most of it, anyway. But the pictures seemed to be too pornographic for my taste. Also, some of the poetry 'i.e. 'A Metaphor'' seemed - I wouldn't say strange, but it's not exactly normal - too 'unique' for me. Overall, I love Serj's insight on things. I would recommend this book to those of a mature mindset. I would like to point out, however, that those saying that you should buy the book just because Serj wrote it and just because Serj is from System of a Down the book is set to be awesome should NOT be saying that. If they haven't read it, they can't really give an adequete review. It was bothering me. Sorry. But the point is, Cool Gardens really is a good read and shows you life on the otherside. He makes you think and wonder about the world around you and within you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tankian has done it again and i really love system of a dwon that like the only thing i listen too. well you should buy this book it is really really good. and just remember that when serj writes he inspires.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off I'd like to say that I am already a Serj fan and a SOAD fan. Their music may be fast and it may be hard rock or however you classify it but it puts out a good message (some of the songs. lol) I went to Ozzfest 02` and let me tell you they were the best band there. They brought the whole crowd together and moved them. I haven't gotten his book yet but I've read some samples and they are awesome. I don't know about you guys but on Sep. 27 I'm pitchin my tent and waiting for that book to come into stores and I'm going to buy every copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i bet the book has to be good because it serj from system of a down and system of a down is the best band in the world and i love him but i bet the book that serj wrote has to be better than system lat 3 cds but as a system fan i recomend to get this book even though i havent read it but i know im going to get it but i really recomend to get all 3 system cds and try to go see them in concert 2
Guest More than 1 year ago
~I really wish i knew how good this book is.But i have no idea,i would like to get it but i have spent all of my money!System Of A Down is the best rock band in the universe!So im guessing that this book is really great.But i think i might get it soon!.....I hope!...I love you Serj & Daron! ~will anyone e-mail me and tell me how great this book is?!~
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like their music you will like this book End of Subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a devoted System of a Down fan, as soon as I heard that the talented Serj Tankian wrote a poetry book, I was estatic. SOAD's songs are glorius in every way, lyrics AND music. I find that all of their songs make a serious point and are very uplifting. This book presents me with the same effect- beauty beyond comparison. I definitly recomend this work of art to any SOAD fan or any fan of quality poetry. Thank you System of a Down for being the most talented band ever, and thank you readers for observing my review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ijust think this book is the best book ever I am big system ogf adown fan and i cant wait to get this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got the book and serj can write. it's gotta lotta poems about females, but the the book is good if you're not into that like me. my favorite poem is misunderstood rose, art, i don't want to shower just to name a few. i suggest this book highly for any s.o.a.d. fans and fans of poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this guy has mad writting skills!!! ive read a few samples... hes deep. i was like...whoa, this guys a genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont have the book yet but i did sample some fo the poems on a website found at the systemofadown.com link page. serj can write. if you dont think so buy the book anyway because its serj, man. serj is full of emotion and full of poetic genius.