Discusses the life and influences of the gothic/death metal musician, and includes a tour diary from his band's controversial "Dead to the World" tour
Hard rock's favorite whipping boy's tell-all autobiography is a surprisingly candid and well-written confessional of Marilyn Manson's deprived youth, his depraved teenage years, and how, much like Alice Cooper a generation before him, he turned a variety of childhood traumas to his advantage in constructing a rock & roll persona that audiences could either hate with abandon or adopt as one of their own. Backstage tour descriptions are all you'd expect, from sado-masochistic set-pieces with fans to copious drug use and voodoo dabblings, but there are also the more mundane rituals of battles with the record label to get band-approved songs on the album. Our hero gets himself into some pretty shady moral and ethical situations with fans and friends along the way, leading one to ruminate that while Alice Cooper was detached enough from his persona to spend his days off playing rounds of golf, Manson may have disturbingly swallowed his own nihilistic, against God, religion, and whatever-else-you've-got philosophy hook, line, and sinker. Great fun for teens into their first phase of devil-worship, THE LONG HARD ROAD OUT OF HELL still carries enough venom to scare the wits out of their parents. Which may well be the point.
- Biography + Autobiography, Music
- Composers + Musicians, General, Genres + Styles / Rock
- April 1, 1999
- April 1, 1999
- Neil Strauss, Marilyn Manson