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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 Spent Some Quality Time Roller Skating This Past Weekend

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Daniel Boczarski / Orlando, Getty Images

Are you ready for the latest fun Marilyn Manson fact? The singer spent some time roller skating this weekend in Oklahoma.

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Marilyn Manson Playing a Hitman in Crime Film ‘Let Me Make You a Martyr’

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson has lined up a starring role in the independent crime drama 'Let Me Make You a Martyr.'

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Marilyn Manson Denies Instigating Denny’s Fight, Plans to Press Charges on Attacker

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Both Marilyn Manson and his makeup artist plan to return to Alberta, Canada in order to press charges.

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Marilyn Manson Reportedly Punched in Face During Late-Night Denny’s Altercation

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Marilyn Manson reportedly got into an altercation with a group at another table, leading to Manson getting clocked with a Grand Slam.

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Marilyn Manson + Billy Corgan Talk Upcoming Tour, Friendship and Cats

Marilyn Manson / Billy Corgan
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Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson answered questions from Reddit users about everything from their upcoming "The End Times" tour, to how they’ve influenced each other musically and why they think a cat should be president.

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Marilyn Manson + Smashing Pumpkins Team Up for 2015 Co-Headlining Tour

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Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins will team up for "The End Times" co-headlining trek this summer.

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Marilyn Manson Teams Up With ‘The Wire’ Actor Michael Kenneth Williams for New Music Video

Marilyn Manson and Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor Michael Kenneth Williams captivated audiences as the shotgun-wielding Omar in 'The Wire' and just finished up a run as Chalky White on 'Boardwalk Empire.'

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You Think You Know Marilyn Manson?

You Think You Know Marilyn Manson?
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There's never a lack of strange facts when it comes to Marilyn Manson, but we've dug some stuff up for this latest episode of You Think You Know Metal?.

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Marilyn Manson + Dad Pose in Makeup for ‘Paper’ Magazine

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Marilyn Manson and his father pose in his stage makeup for the new issue of Paper magazine.

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Marilyn Manson Joins Smashing Pumpkins Onstage for Performance of ‘Ava Adore’

Marilyn Manson / Billy Corgan
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During this year's Australian Soundwave festival, Manson and Corgan shared the stage for a Smashing Pumpkins performance of "Ava Adore."

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