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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.

   
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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire / Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Slipknot + Marilyn Manson Reveal Itinerary for 2016 Summer Tour; Corey Taylor Launching Apple Music Show

Slipknot and Marilyn Manson are teaming up for a massive summer tour and have just announced all the stops as well as Corey Taylor's new radio show.

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Danny E. Martindale / Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Danny E. Martindale / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Hear Marilyn Manson + Shooter Jennings Cover David Bowie’s ‘Cat People’

The Shooter Jennings and Marilyn Manson collaboration on David Bowie's 'Cat People' can be heard here.

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Raphael Dias / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images
Raphael Dias / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

Slipknot and Marilyn Manson Announce Summer 2016 North American Tour

Parents, hide your kids! Slipknot and Marilyn Manson have just announced a summer 2016 North American tour with Of Mice & Men along for support.

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Facebook: Stepher Bier / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Former Marilyn Manson Keyboardist Stephen Bier Says Manson Should ‘Put a Bullet In His Head’

Former Marilyn Manson keyboardist Stephen Bier has reflected on the loss of all the rock icons recently, adding he wishes Manon was one of them.

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Danny E. Martindale, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson to Guest Star on WGN America’s ‘Salem’

Marilyn Manson, who previously lent 'Cupid Carries a Gun' to the WGN America series 'Salem,' will guest star on the series' third season.

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Timothy Hiatt / Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson Reflects on David Bowie: His Music ‘Changed My Life Forever’

In response to the shocking and all too sudden death of rock legend David Bowie, Marilyn Manson wrote how Bowie's music changed his life.

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Danny E. Martindale / Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson to Guest on Shooter Jennings’ Giorgio Moroder-Inspired ‘Countach’ Disc

Manson will join Jennings on a cover of the Giorgio Moroder-produced song 'Cat People.'

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Nothing / Interscope
Nothing / Interscope

15 Years Ago: Marilyn Manson Emerges From the Eye of the Storm With ‘Holy Wood’ Album

On Nov. 14, 2000, Marilyn Manson emerged from the Columbine backlash with the powerful musical statement, 'Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).'

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Danny E. Martindale, Getty Images / Facebook: Alexa Melo

Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Beautiful People’ Gets Makeover by Alexa Melo

Check out the young singer's twisted and dark cover of the Marilyn Manson classic.

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James Stafford, Loudwire

Aftershock Day 1: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson + More Rock Opening Day

Sacramento rocked over the weekend with the annual Aftershock Festival. Check out photos and a recap of Day 1 here.

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