Down with the System: A Memoir (of Sorts)

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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Serj Tankian is best known as the lead singer of the Grammy award winning rock band, System Of A Down, but he is also a solo artist, composer, activist, painter, poet, and filmmaker. Since launching onto the rock scene in 1993, he's performed for millions of fans and sold more than 42 million albums worldwide. He's also a proud Armenian-American and a dedicated activist; along with Tom Morello, Tankian co-founded the non-profit organization Axis of Justice, which strived to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. He has composed scores for many films and television series, had his paintings exhibited in galleries in the U.S. and New Zealand, and released two books of his own poetry. He has also been an executive producer on multiple documentaries, including I Am Not Alone, which tells the story of Armenia's 2018 revolution and which won awards at the Toronto International Film Festival, DOC NYC, The American Film Institute Festival, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, among others. Tankian lives with his wife and his son, splitting their time between Los Angeles and New Zealand.

*USA TODAY Bestseller*

*SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller**

"A passionate rock artist paying more than just lip service to politics."--Kirkus
"My great friend, Serj Tankian, is not just an influential and groundbreaking musician and singer, but he also has a deep poetic soul which shines through in his songs, his politics, and his personal life. From his thunderous career with System Of A Down to his relentless advocacy for human rights, this book reveals the life of a true artist of the people."--Tom Morello
"A very satisfying and potent account of Serj Tankian's wild journey from Beirut to California to Yerevan. It's a journal recounting the crazy birth of System Of A Down, but it's also a manifesto about politics and art. It's cool and it's hot, just like System. Ultimately, it's the story of one man's melding of political fire, creative juices, and spirituality. I loved living inside Serj's head!"--Eric Bogosian
"Tankian is at his most impassioned and eloquent when discussing his activism and the complicated feelings about his Armenian roots that fuel it... Heavy metal fans will welcome this expansive look at one of the genre's key figures."--Publishers Weekly
"Serj Tankian is a demonic/angelic visionary and his new memoir-festo is pure fire. This book is searing, inspiring, and entertaining as hell."--Rainn Wilson
"Serj has a way with words. Just listen to System Of A Down to find out. Now we get to experience a whole book of his words."--Rick Rubin