Maynard James Keenan is an American singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer and primary lyricist of the rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle with whom he has released five and four studio albums, respectively. In 2003, he created Puscifer as a side project. From Ohio, Keenan spent his high school and college years in Michigan, he joined the United States Army after graduating high school. After leaving the Army, Keenan attended Kendall College of Design in Grand Rapids, he relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1988 to pursue a career in interior design and set construction, formed Tool with Adam Jones shortly thereafter. In addition to his music career, Keenan owns Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars in Arizona, where he resides. Since rising to fame, Keenan has been a recluse, although he does emerge to support charitable causes, he has ventured into acting. James Herbert Keenan was born into a Southern Baptist family in Ravenna, Ohio, on April 17, 1964, the only child of Judith Marie and Michael Loren Keenan.
He is of Italian descent. When his parents divorced in 1968, his father moved to Scottville and Keenan would only see him about once a year for the next 12 years, his mother remarried, bringing Keenan into an "intolerant and unworldly household" where his intelligence and creative expression would be stifled. Keenan's mother suffered a paralyzing cerebral aneurysm in 1976, when Maynard was 11. A few years she persuaded Keenan to live with his father in Scottville. Keenan considers this "the best move made". In 1982, he graduated from Mason County Central High School in Scottville, where he was a member of the wrestling team, his father was one of the coaches for the team and left coaching at the same time Keenan graduated in 1982. Inspired by Bill Murray's performance in the 1981 comedy film Stripes, Keenan joined the United States Army, with the intention of having the G. I. Bill fund his dream of attending art school. By this point, he had lived in Kansas, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas, he served in the Army as a forward observer before studying at West Point Prep School from 1983 to 1984.
In addition to completing a rigorous math and English curriculum, Keenan wrestled, ran on the cross country team, sang in the glee club. It was during his time in the military that he adopted the sobriquet "Maynard" on a whim, based on a fictional character he had created in high school, he was distinguished in basic and advanced training, but declined an appointment to West Point and instead chose to pursue a music career because of his disillusionment with his colleagues' values and because he knew West Point would not tolerate his dissidence. Upon completing his term of enlistment, Keenan studied art at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From there he moved to Somerville, where his love of animals led him to practice interior design for a Boston-area pet store, he was transferred to a store in Los Angeles, before he was fired and began working in set construction. During the 1980s, Keenan played bass guitar for TexA. N. S. and sang for Children of both independent bands.
During this time, he wrote an early version of "Sober" Tool's first successful single. He performed live and recorded with Green Jellö between 1990 and 1993, performing backup vocals as the voice of one of the pigs on the band's hit song "Three Little Pigs" on their debut album Cereal Killer, appearing in the music video for "Slave Boy" on the band's follow-up LP 333. Around this time he struck up a friendship with Tom Morello, who has credited Keenan with introducing him to Drop D tuning. Keenan spent time jamming with Morello and Brad Wilk, as did Zack de la Rocha: Morello and Wilk considered Keenan and de la Rocha as candidates for the vocalist with what would become Rage Against the Machine before deciding to ask the latter. After moving to Los Angeles, Keenan met Adam Jones. Impressed with Keenan's vocals, Jones suggested. Reluctant, Keenan agreed and, in 1990, Tool was formed. Fronted by Keenan, the eventual lineup included guitarist Jones. Tool released the Opiate EP the following year.
To support this release, the band toured with Rage Against the Machine. Shortly thereafter, Tool released Undertow, in the United States, it was certified gold after just eight months, platinum less than a year later. In 1994, the band released their single "Prison Sex" with a corresponding music video created and directed by Jones; the video was deemed "too graphic and offensive", was withdrawn by MTV after a few airings due to "a symbolic dealing with the sensitive subject of child abuse". In October 1996, the band released Ænima; the album was certified gold in ten weeks, achieved double platinum in ten months, won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1998. After the release of the album, Tool began a prolonged legal battle with their label, Volcano Records, over contract violations. Following this legal battle, which resulted in a new three-record deal, the members of Tool decided to take some time off. During the hiatus, Keenan went under the alias "Gaylord C." while
Maryland Route 514 is a state highway in the U. S. state of Maryland. The highway runs 4.89 miles from MD 20 in Chestertown north to MD 298 at Melitota in central Kent County. MD 514 was built in the late 1940s and early 1950s from the Chestertown end and extended to Melitota in the late 1980s. MD 514 begins at an intersection with MD 20 just outside the town limits of Chestertown; the highway heads northwest as two-lane Flatland Road, which enters the town for a while leaves the town and parallels the limits to Cromwell Clark Road. MD 514 continues northwest to Hanesville Road; the highway follows that road to its northern terminus at MD 298 in the hamlet of Melitota opposite county-maintained Handy Point Road. In 1948, Kent County requested that the Maryland State Roads Commission make improvement of Flatland Road its highest priority project in the county during the post–World War II road building effort; the highway from MD 20 to Hanesville Road was constructed in two sections. The first 2.25-mile-long section was built as a gravel road in 1949, the gravel road was improved with bituminous stabilization the following year.
MD 514 was extended to Hanesville Road as a gravel road in 1954. The highway was resurfaced with bituminous concrete in 1970. Melitota Road was transferred from county to state maintenance through a December 1, 1987, road transfer agreement, the road was confirmed as an extension of MD 514 in July 1988; the entire route is in Kent County. Maryland Roads portal MDRoads: MD 514
The Dylan Thomas Prize is a leading prize for young writers presented annually. The prize, named in honour of the Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas, brings international prestige and a remuneration of £30,000, it is open to published writers in the English language under the age of forty. The prize was awarded bi-annually, but became an annual award in 2010. Entries for the prize are submitted by editor, or agent. A Dylan Thomas literary prize was first awarded during the 1980s, known as the Dylan Thomas Award, following the campaign to have a plaque in the poet's memory placed in Westminster Abbey. Surplus income from a fund-raising concert sponsored by the television company HTV were donated to allow a prize of £1000 to be awarded annually. After several years, the prize was discontinued for lack of finance, it was revived, in a different form, in 2004, sponsored by Electronic Data Systems, at that time one of Swansea's largest employers. The Prize honours its shortlist finalists and annual winner for published work in the broad range of literary forms in which Dylan Thomas excelled, including poetry, fictional drama, short story collections, novellas, stage plays and screenplays.
“We want the world to be aware of the Welsh interest in promoting new writing. Our Prize provides an inspiration for a whole new generation of writers throughout the English-speaking world,” said Peter Stead, Chair of The Dylan Thomas Prize. Winner Guy Gunaratne, In Our Mad and Furious City Shortlist Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black Zoe Gilbert, Folk Louisa Hall, Trinity Sarah Perry, Melmoth Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, House of Stone Longlist Michael Donkor, Hold Clare Fisher, How the Light Gets In Emma Glass, Peach Sally Rooney, Normal People Richard Scott, Soho Jenny Xie, Eye Level Winner Kayo Chingonyi, Kumukanda Shortlist Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body & Other Parties Gwendoline Riley, First Love Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends Emily Ruskovich, Idaho Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling Winner Fiona McFarlane, The High Places Longlist Anuk Arudpragasm, The Story of a Brief Marriage Alys Conran, Pigeon Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing Benjamin Hale, The Fat Artist and Other Stories Luke Kennard, Cain Hannah Kohler, The Outside Lands Helen Oyeyemi, What is Not Yours is Not Yours Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent Safiya Sinclair, Cannibal Callan Wink, Dog Run Moon: Stories Winner Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with FeathersShortlist Claire-Louise Bennett, Pond Tania James, The Tusk that did the Damage Frances Leviston, Disinformation Andrew McMillan, Physical Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways Winner Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent HourShortlist Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion Owen Sheers, Mametz Naomi Wood, Mrs.
Hemingway Winner Claire Vaye Watkins, BattlebornShortlist Tim Leach, The Last King Of Lydia Marli Roode, Call It Dog Majok Tulba, Beneath The Darkening Sky James Brookes, Sins Of The Leopard Jemma L King, The Shape Of A Forest Prajwal Parajuly, Land where i flee Winner Maggie Shipstead, Seating ArrangementsShortlist Tom Benn, The Doll Princess Andrea Eames, The White Shadow Chibundu Onuzo, The Spider King’s Daughter D. W. Wilson, Once You Break A Knuckle Winner Lucy Caldwell, The Meeting PointShortlist Benjamin Hale, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore Jacob McArthur Mooney, Folk Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife Annabel Pitcher, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Winner Elyse Fenton, ClamorShortlist Caroline Bird, Watering Can Eleanor Catton, The Rehearsal Karan Mahajan, Family Planning Nadifa Mohamed, Black Mamba Boy Emily Mackie, And this is true Winner Nam Le, The BoatShortlist Caroline Bird, Trouble Came to the Turnip Ross Raisin, God’s Own Country Ceridwen Dovey, Blood Kin Edward Hogan, Blackmoor Dinaw Mengestu, Children of the Revolution Winner Rachel Trezise, Fresh ApplesShortlist Lucy Caldwell, Where They Were Missed Ian Holding, Unfeeling Nick Laird, Utterly Monkey and To a Fault James Scudamore, The Amnesia Clinic Liza Ward, Outside Valentine The Dylan Thomas Prize, official website