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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.

   
Nothing / Interscope
Nothing / Interscope

16 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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Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson Beheads Trump-Like Figure in ‘SAY10′ Teaser

Well, we know who Marilyn Manson isn’t voting for.

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Nothing / Interscope
Nothing / Interscope

20 Years Ago: Marilyn Manson Makes Creative Leap With ‘Antichrist Superstar’

On Oct. 8, 1996, Marilyn Manson issued the first of an album trilogy, 'Antichrist Superstar.'

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James Stafford, Loudwire
James Stafford, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson: ‘Say10′ Is the ‘Most Thematic and Over-Complicated Thing That I’ve Done’

Marilyn Manson shares his thoughts on the recording of his 'Say10' album.

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Danny E. Martindale, Getty Images

Marilyn Manson on Presidential Election: ‘I Don’t Find Either Candidate to My Liking’

Marilyn Manson reveals that neither candidate interests him in the upcoming presidential election and he's not planning to vote.

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Nothing / Interscope

18 Years Ago: Marilyn Manson Goes Glam With ‘Mechanical Animals’

On Sept. 15, 1998, Marilyn Manson switched things up with the more glam-styled concept album 'Mechanical Animals.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Marilyn Manson: ‘Say10′ Music Has ‘Got a Chip on Its Shoulder’

In a new interview, Marilyn Manson says those who have heard music from his 'Say10' disc are comparing it to 'Antichrist Superstar' and 'Mechanical Animals.'

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YouTube: SalemWGNA

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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YouTube

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
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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