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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Portrait of an American Family’ (1994), ‘Antichrist Superstar’ (1996), ‘Mechanical Animals’ (1998) Related Artists: Nine Inch Nails, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie Further Reading: 10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs Read More: Marilyn Manson News

Marilyn Manson Says Billy Corgan Feud Sparked With Letter Warning Manson of Rose McGowan

Marilyn Manson / Billy Corgan
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Marilyn Manson spoke about tension between himself and Billy Corgan, which began with a letter Corgan sent about Manson's then-girlfriend Rose McGowan.

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Marilyn Manson vs. Slipknot – Cage Match

Marilyn Manson vs Slipknot
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Vote for either Marilyn Manson's 'Deep Six' or Slipknot's 'Custer' in this Loudwire Cage Match.

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Marilyn Manson: Courtney Love ‘Was Mad at Me Because I Didn’t Want to F— Her’

Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
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Marilyn Manson aims to inform the world that Love and himself have never done the no pants dance.

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Marilyn Manson Prepares for Prison (Just in Case) + Offers His Take on Charlie Hebdo Attack

Marilyn Manson
Hell, Etc.

In a new interview, Marilyn Manson says his recent role in ‘Sons of Anarchy’ helped him prepare for any potential prison time. He also shares his thoughts on the recent terrorist attack in Paris.

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Marilyn Manson, ‘The Pale Emperor’ – Album Review

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Does Marilyn Manson's 'The Pale Emperor' rule? Check out our review here.

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Marilyn Manson vs. Bring Me the Horizon – Cage Match

Marilyn Manson vs Bring Me the Horizon
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Vote for either Marilyn Manson's 'Deep Six' or Bring Me the Horizon's 'Drown' in this Loudwire Cage Match.

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Marilyn Manson vs. The Pretty Reckless – Cage Match

Marilyn Manson vs The Pretty Reckless
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Vote for either Marilyn Manson's 'Deep Six' or The Pretty Reckless' 'Follow Me Down' in this Loudwire Cage Match.

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Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Pale Emperor’ Album Streaming in Full

7. Marilyn Manson - 'The Pale Emperor'

All 10 tracks from 'The Pale Emperor' can be heard right now -- more than a week before its release.

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Marilyn Manson on His Demanding Sexual Habits + More

Marilyn Manson
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A new interview documents the Antichrist Superstar's demanding sexual habits, his late mother's struggle with Munchausen by Proxy syndrome and much more.

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Marilyn Manson Song ‘Cupid Carries a Gun’ Surfaces Online

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Marilyn Manson has made another new song from his 'The Pale Emperor' album available online.

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