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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

With his paradoxically offensive and infectious brand of post-industrial heavy rock, Marilyn Manson reinvented shock rock for the benefit of Generation X and, as a result, simultaneously became one of the most successful and reviled musical artists of the 20th Century’s final decade. Born in Canton, Ohio, as Brian Hugh Warner, on January 5, 1969, the man who would become Marilyn Manson relocated to Florida after high school and was studying journalism when he founded his eponymous band in 1989. With the help of guitarist Scott Mitchell — soon reborn as Daisy Berkowitz — and other local musicians willing to combine the names of celebrity divas with those of serial killers (e.g. keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacey and, later, bassist Twiggy Ramirez), Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, as the group was first known, spent the next few years honing its provocative music, scandalous image and theatrical stage act — finally earning the patronage of Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor, who signed them to his Nothing Records imprint. Reznor would go on to produce Marilyn Manson’s first three, breakthrough releases, ‘Portrait of an American Family’ (1994), the ‘Smells Like Children’ EP (1995), and ‘Antichrist Superstar’ (1996), before the pair experienced a bitter falling out. But by then, Marilyn Manson — both band and its titular frontman — had become a household name for smitten young fans and their outraged parents to bicker about at dinner time. Despite Reznor’s conspicuous absence, 1998’s ‘Mechanical Animals’ was another chart smash and Marilyn Manson took their ritualistic concerts to new heights over the ensuing year. Until the Columbine shooting tragedy of April 1999 saw Manson rather unfairly scapegoated as a symbol of pop culture violence and decadence, forced the cancellation of a tour. Shaken but unbowed, the band simply channeled this unwanted attention into their next LP, ‘Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death),’ and its leader grew even bolder with his multi-media ambitions for 2003’s ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque,’ which was tied to his first fine arts show. What’s more, like his fundamental creative role model, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, the man, had by this point become bigger than Marilyn Manson, the band, and after announcing then renouncing his retirement from music, he has carried on recording and touring sporadically in a variety of guises. Backing musicians and musical influences may evolve and change now and then, but Marilyn Manson’s iconic persona now overshadows all else.

   
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson Debuts Four New Songs Live in Budapest

Fans are anxiously awaited the release of Marilyn Manson's new album, 'Heaven Upside Down,' and now have a good idea of what to expect.

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Nothing Records
Nothing Records

23 Years Ago: Marilyn Manson Issues ‘Portrait of an American Family’

On July 19, 1994, Marilyn Manson dropped the Spooky Kids from their moniker and released the 'Portrait of an American Family' disc.

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Frazer Harrison / Jason Davis / Kevin Winter / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison / Jason Davis / Kevin Winter / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Prophets of Rage + Marilyn Manson Lead 2017 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Lineup

The 2017 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest lineup has been revealed with Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Prophets of Rage and Marilyn Manson leading the way.

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Nicholas Alan Cope
Nicholas Alan Cope

Marilyn Manson Announces 2017 North American Tour Leading Up to Halloween

In the month before Halloween, shock rock industrialist Marilyn Manson will hit the road on a North American tour.

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Marilyn Manson’s Father Hugh Warner Dies

Sad news to report, as Marilyn Manson's father has passed away.

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Nothing / Interscope / Cooking Vinyl / Hell, etc.
Nothing / Interscope / Cooking Vinyl / Hell, etc.

Marilyn Manson Albums Ranked

See how we rank Marilyn Manson's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Houston Open Air 2017 Lineup Led by Five Finger Death Punch, Prophets of Rage, Marilyn Manson + Stone Sour

The lineup for the 2017 edition of Houston Open Air has been announced, and features a number of prominent hard rock and metal bands.

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Vimeo
Vimeo

Watch Marilyn Manson Play a Hitman in ‘Let Me Make You a Martyr’ Trailer, Film Receives Release Dates

'You ever kill a man with your bare hands?,' Manson asks in the clip

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson Completes New Album, Scraps ‘SAY10′ for New Title

Marilyn Manson’s long-awaited 10th studio album will no longer be called 'SAY10.'

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Paras Griffin / Stuart C. Wilson, Getty Images

Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Drops $220,000 on Diamond Marilyn Manson Necklace; Manson Creeps Out Fans on Instagram

The chain and pendant are made out of 16,000 diamonds, totaling 155 carats.

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