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Dee Snider is writing a book on toxic masculinity

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider shares his jam-packed yearly calendar, reveals he’s writing a fiction novel on toxic masculinity and working on animated TV shows for kids



Like many successful people in the biz, Dee Snider isn’t looking to retire or slow his schedule down anytime soon. In fact, as he explained during a recent interview on Full Metal Jackie‘s weekend radio program, he’s actually expanding his horizons and working on all sorts of creative endeavours, one of which includes writing a book about toxic masculinity. 

And while he’s not busy upsetting the online sphere of rock and metal fans with divisive claims about Robert Plant supposedly not being a good frontman, he’s also working on animated children’s shows, because apparently that’s what 67-year-old rockstars do these days.

Speaking of how artistic-expression – in many forms – is important to his wellbeing, Snider says (as transcribed by Loudwire): “I am like a shark — if a shark stops swimming and moving forward, it will die. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a concert scenario. For me, it’s anything that’s new, exciting, artistic and challenging.

“In 2023, I’m releasing my first novel — a fictional novel called Frats and we’ll talk more about that in the future — it’s nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll either. I’m also directing my first movie, one I’ve written called My Enemy’s Enemy. I was supposed to be directing it last year, but it’s going in that direction.”

Judging by his forthcoming book’s title, we’re guessing that it’ll be set in a university frat house, which of course, has typically been a rife breeding ground for certain destructive behaviours. For those not totally well-versed on the term of ‘toxic masculinity’ a dictionary definition reads that it’s “a set of attitudes and ways of behaving stereotypically associated with or expected of men, regarded as having a negative impact on men and on society as a whole.”

Elaborating on the book and his other projects, he continues: “The fiction novel is a ’70s period piece coming of age story, but it’s all about toxic masculinity and growing up in a very toxic environment and how it affects people.

“I’m involved with two animated kids shows [laughs]. I have to laugh because if you had told me 40 years ago that one day I’m going to be making animated kids’ shows, I would’ve literally had a fist fight with you.”

In the same interview, he once again clarifies his controversial comments made about the abilities of legendary vocalists while discussing what he likes – and dislikes – about social media. He explains, “Right now, there’s some craziness going on because I defined [the difference] between a frontman and a singer, and people are up at arms.

“I said that Robert Plant is not a frontman. I’ll say it again — he’s not a frontman. [He’s] one of the greatest singers, one of my heroes and a friend, but not a frontman.”