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Only Half There

Devin Townsend has always been an intense and inspiring musical pioneer.

His book will be as full-on and honest as only he can be – register now.

Only Half There by Devin Townsend

Key points

  • Devin Townsend’s official book only available here
  • Part manual, part diary, all Devin
  • All new biography tells the inside story
  • Be part of the book & get your name printed in it
  • Registration is open now

With this book I really want to discuss music, my creative process, the connection between my personal development and how my career and music has been lived, and I want to do it frankly and in detail. I want to offer up my experiences – positive and negative – so that it might help other people to follow their muse and get to do what they dream about. I want to contrast what people assume this life and work is based on, with the reality. It’s so easy to get lost in addiction, accolades and criticisms instead of creating music, but essentially that is the healthiest thing in the world: going where the music takes you is so important.

This book is part manual and part diary. It’s a travelogue, a songbook, a celebration, elucidation and condemnation; it’s my story, told by me, for you. If you want it…

I started working with Devin on my ‘Sex And Religion’ record and tour when he was still in his teens. I sensed he was more than just a great singer but I did not realize the depth of his brilliance until he started making his own music. I believe he’s an inspired musical genius. I can only say that about 2 people I’ve ever worked with.

HeadshotSteve Vai
Musician and producer

Devin is one of the most intense performers I have ever witnessed on stage… when he’s in front of an audience, he becomes absolutely possessed! (But don’t let it fool ya, he’s actually a nice guy…) I also admire his incredible work ethic and dedication to his fans. He’s surely a one of a kind artist.

HeadshotMike Portnoy
Drummer and Dream Theater founding member

Devin’s talents as a guitar player, vocalist, songwriter and producer are undeniable, but mostly I admire how he approaches all his different projects with such passion and honesty. I’ve had the privilege to work with him on a few occasions and hope this book will capture his energetic and positive personality. He’s had a long and exciting career so far, so this should be a good read.


Obviously a book about Devin Townsend will be a very interesting read. He is one of the most colourful and eclectic musicians out there. His life and his music inspires me very much and I’m proud to call him my friend. I definitely want to have this book on my coffee table!

HeadshotAnneke van Giersbergen

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I have read the book cover to cover within 2 weeks. Once I started, I could not put it down.

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Beautifully packaged, eruditely written and full of insight … Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art

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I think every band should have a book like this – every good band.

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The story starts now

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  1. Now Register your interest and confirm your subscription to our mailing list.
  2. Next When preorders open, we’ll send your exclusive supporter discount, and you’ll be able to add your name to the Roll of Honour.
  3. Finally Be amongst the first to get your hands on the finished book.

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