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A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.

If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers - if that's where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets.

If the education of our kids comes from radio, television, newspapers - if that's where they get most of their knowledge from, and not from the schools, then the powers that be are definitely in charge, because they own all those outlets.

People have to follow their hearts, and if their hearts lead them to Wal-Mart, so be it. ---->>>

If you take different mythologies from different cultures, the names may change and the story lines may vary but there is always something in common. ---->>>

I can't be a legend yet. I'm not dead. ---->>>

Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer. ---->>>

I would hope they would be our fellow artists, rather than trying to emulate or idolize clowns like us. ---->>>

Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them. ---->>>

I'm a pessimist. But I'm a pessimist with a sense of responsibility. ---->>>

For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere. It doesn't matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live.

For me, life is writing and I can do it anywhere. It doesn't matter where I am. I listen. I write. I live.

I see a lot of patterns in our behavior as a nation that parallel a lot of other historical processes. ---->>>

I've always had an affinity for growing things. ---->>>

Just in general, any government throughout history hasn't really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn't control them as easily.

Just in general, any government throughout history hasn't really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn't control them as easily.

Music is about listening, the more you play, the more the magic spreads. ---->>>

I believe that music is a force in itself. It is there and it needs an outlet, a medium. In a way, we are just the medium. ---->>>

The idea is, if I can't heal from my art, then how can you heal? ---->>>

I just hope that our fans are people who are inspired by music, and just use our music as a background or inspiration for whatever it is they do. ---->>>

But you know, I'm the negative-Nancy, curmudgeon, glass-half-empty-with-a-leak-in-it guy - which is basically the fuel that fires me up anyway. Without that, we wouldn't have me. ---->>>

But I'm a hot-blooded Italian by nature. Whatever the situation you present, I'm going to make something out of it. ---->>>

And if you don't live, you have nothing to write about. ---->>>

I think the biggest problem working with me would be that I'm an only child, and so I have an internal dialogue that goes on that I just assume you can hear. ---->>>

Reading is more of a left-brain process, and listening to music is a right-brain function. ---->>>

But then it hasn't really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people.

But then it hasn't really been a focus of our government to make us an educated people.

Everything revolves around the music when it comes to Tool. ---->>>

The record company's worst fear is that you'll fall in love or get rich. ---->>>

A lot of people into Tool, for some reason, are not interested in humor.

A lot of people into Tool, for some reason, are not interested in humor.

Yeah, because I think it's more important just to inspire people to wake up one day and pick up a book and start feeling it out for themselves. ---->>>

I always knew that I wanted to be creative, that I wanted to create something. ---->>>

I'm a lot easier to work with now than I have been in the past, for sure. ---->>>

Nowadays, you have to sell, like, half a million or a million records just to break even. ---->>>

Actors have these delicate appendages called Egos.

Actors have these delicate appendages called Egos.

Shows are really strange. Sometimes you really don't know what to expect. ---->>>

I think the media made Manson, turned him into some larger than life figure and surrounded him with mystery and some shady glamour. ---->>>

I think everything Joni Mitchell did for music was big. ---->>>

Most religious stories and mythologies have some sort of similar root, some sort of global archetypes. ---->>>

Prescott National Forest is right on the edge of my home in Arizona. ---->>>

There were a lot of choices to make and I always picked artist. I never once picked doctor, lawyer, firemen or something like that. It was always artist. ---->>>

Adam does most of the work when it comes to videos and he basically does the same as I do with the lyrics. The videos are his visual interpretations of our music. ---->>>

Everything we release with Tool is inspired by our music. ---->>>

We're five people, five individuals who came together to create something, to make music and to complete each other musically, to form a perfect circle. ---->>>

Because as an only child, you have your own little world. ---->>>

After all, in today's music scene every band seems to steal from other bands. ---->>>

You know, I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell. ---->>>

There is still a future with music, because people want music. ---->>>

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots in Latin and Greek words. A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories. ---->>>

Actually I never did stand up. I'm not that funny. ---->>>

I think people in general have neglected to learn about history. ---->>>

One of the challenges we set up for 'Puscifer' was to come up with a core identity and see how far we can push it. ---->>>

I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. ---->>>

We're just four guys and we are enjoying what we're doing with Tool. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-17, 1964
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Occupation: Musician

Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan; April 17, 1964), often referred to by his initials MJK, is an American musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor, best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning progressive metal band Tool. He is originally from Ohio, but spent his high school and college years in Michigan (wikipedia)