Posted: 12/12/2006


Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’

by Jack Black, Kyle Gass, and Liam Lynch

Reviewed by Gary Schultz

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Just in time for the release of the movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Titan Books has released the companion book by the same title. This is a nice companion piece to the film, which features an interview with the stars and co-writers Jack Black and Kyle Gass, along with an absolute ton of great pictures and excerpts from the motion picture’s script.

If you have been living under a rock, you might ask, “What is Tenacious D?” I might be inclined to answer the way Jack Black would, by saying, “A band that defies description. Some have said the greatest band of all time.” Long before Jack Black was a household name, starring in movies like School of Rock and King Kong, he was the front man for one of the greatest rock bands ever, Tenacious D. Along with Kyle Gass, the lead guitar player and only other member of the D (as they are referred to by loyal fans), JB and KG had a short-lived show on HBO in the late 1990s. They then released a self-titled album in 2001 that featured several guest musicians including Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Page McConnell of Phish. The D toured for several years, spreading their brand of acoustic rock across the nation. Then, in 2004, they started working on their feature film debut, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. This book accompanies that movie which chronicles the origins and adventures of Tenacious D’s early years, how they met and planned to conquer the world.

This book is a nice companion piece, and Titan Books generally does a great job on their movie-related material. However, this book is mostly picture-oriented and doesn’t really offer much unknown or insider information that the film geek in me craves. However, it is very humorous and has a great interview with Jack Black and Kyle Gass, as they narrate their journey to accompany the images found inside. I do suggest reading this book after you have seen the movie, because it is essentially a narration of the film’s events and contains spoilers.

10 Commandments of the D

  1. Never stop Rocking.
  2. Legalize all drugs.
  3. Quit your day job.
  4. All Religion should be taxed.
  5. Cut down on carbohydrates.
  6. Fuck her gently.
  7. Never believe what people tell you after a show.
  8. Always take a spoon full of Metamucil after a heavy day of eating.
  9. Get at least 9 hours of sleep a day.
  10. Eatin’ ain’t cheatin’.

Gary Schultz is an independent filmmaker in Chicago, IL.

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