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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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Watch Marilyn Manson in ‘Salem’ Season 3 Trailer

Marilyn Manson has been featured in the trailer for Season 3 of 'Salem,' playing a recurring character whose profession is a barber / surgeon.

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Watch Shooter Jennings + Marilyn Manson in Pixelated Glory With ‘Cat People’ Video

Shooter Jennings and Marilyn Manson have an eye-catching pixelated new video for their cover of the David Bowie / Giorgio Moroder song 'Cat People.'

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YouTube

Marilyn Manson Delivers Beer-Soaked Performance, Calls Out ‘Uppity Look’ in Pennsylvania

Marilyn Manson offered a rather bizarre and beer-soaked performance during a stop in Hershey, Pa.

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Geoffrey Ketler, Aces High Photography

2016 Alternative Press Music Awards: Marilyn Manson, Babymetal, Rob Halford + More [Photos]

See our photo gallery and recap of the 2016 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards featuring Marilyn Manson, Babymetal, Rob Halford, A Day to Remember + more.

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22 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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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson Announces New Album ‘Say10′

Marilyn Manson has revealed that his 10th studio album will be called 'Say10.'

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Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love Model for Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2016 Ad Campaign

Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love are just two of the musician models that designer Marc Jacobs is using for his fall 2016 clothing line.

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Let Me Make You a Martyr Trailer

Watch Marilyn Manson in the Trailer for ‘Let Me Make You a Martyr’

Watch Marilyn Manson as a hitman in the trailer for the new movie 'Let Me Make You a Martyr.'

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Raphael Dias / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

Slipknot Announce Rescheduled 2016 Tour Dates With Marilyn Manson

After postponing 12 tour dates due to Corey Taylor's 'unplanned spinal surgery,' the rescheduled stops for Slipknot + Marilyn Manson's tour have been announced.

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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Tells a Backstage Marilyn Manson Underwear Story

Slipknot's Corey Taylor tells a backstage story about Marilyn Manson and his tighty whities.

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