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Marilyn Manson

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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Trent Reznor Talks Apple Music and Comments on Marilyn Manson ‘Dopey Clown’ Jab

Apple Music has launched, and Trent Reznor offers his thoughts on the new streaming service. Plus, he comments on an old jab he made at Marilyn Manson.

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Marilyn Manson Talks Collaborations + ‘Antichrist Superstar’ Anniversary in Reddit AMA Session

Marilyn Manson opened up on a variety of topics, including collaborations and acoustic music, in a recent Reddit AMA session.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson Talks Columbine Shootings + How the Internet Cheapens Personas

Marilyn Manson says, "With Columbine, it really shut down my career entirely."

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Danny E. Martindale, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, BabyMetal + More Win Big at the 2015 Kerrang! Awards

Some of rock and metal's top acts added to their trophy cases at the 2015 Kerrang! Awards.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson on ‘The Pale Emperor,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ Tapping Into the Blues + More

Marilyn Manson spoke about his newest album, 'The Pale Emperor,' his run on 'Sons of Anarchy,' tapping into the blues for inspiration and much more.

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Theo Wargo / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Marilyn Manson Working on ‘Unexpected’ Project

Marilyn Manson and Jonathan Davis confirm they are working on a mystery project together.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

2015 Aftershock Festival: Slipknot, Deftones, Faith No More, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson + More

The lineup has just been announced for the fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival.

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Daniel Boczarski / Simone Joyner / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson, Bring Me the Horizon, Mastodon + More Added to ‘Guitar Hero Live’

10 tunes have been added to 'Guitar Hero Live,' including Bring Me the Horizon’s “Shadow Moses,” Marilyn Manson’s “Disposable Teens” and Mastodon’s “High Road.”

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Rock on the Range 2015: Main Stage Day 1 – Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Apocalyptica + More

The 2015 Rock on the Range brought a wide variety of hard rocking acts to the stage. See photos and a recap of day one's main stage action here.

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Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan: We Wanted To Form a Band With Flavor Flav and Jenna Jameson

Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan held a press conference in Chicago to talk about their joint tour, and things got a bit strange.

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