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Published on May 11th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Oenology

Unlike Tool’s fictitious lachrymology, oenology is a real thing.  And as the owner of a respected vineyard in Arizona,  Maynard James Keenan is a keen (and professional) oenologist.

LA Mag takes a look at Maynard and his wine along with his many musical endeavours.

Maynard James Keenan is a juggler. He anchors two bands (progressive metal outfit Tool and melodic alt rock band A Perfect Circle), runs two wineries (Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards—yes, THAT merkin), and oversees a music/multimedia/whatever-you-want-to-call-it project (Puscifer).How does he find time to manage all these endeavors? “It’s a matter of deciding what’s important,” Keenan says. “Start getting ridding of things that aren’t necessarily important [and] you’d be amazed at how much you can get done.”

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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