Marilyn Manson is a controversial celebrity and a goth-rock performer. He derived his name from the combination of the names of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson; one a celebrity and the other, a murderer. He has been scrutinized time and again for his Anti-Christianity lyrics, ‘dark’ ideologies and for ‘free’ speech. One of the latest artists in the line of shock rockers, he rose to the top of the heavy metal charts with most of his albums and songs focusing on sinister themes or those pertaining to sex, drugs and Satanism. Nevertheless, the metal-head struck a major chord with the youth and became a mainstream, controversial anti-hero, much to the mortification of conservative statesmen and concerned, puzzled parents. Before he donned his contentious image, he was in fact a music journalist. His association with Scott Mitchell led to the formation of the band and from then on, he made history with his crazy stage-antics, costumes and provocative lyrics. To date, ‘Mechanical Animals’ is Manson’s most successful album. He has also been romantically involved with a number of women, such as Burlesque performer, Dita Von Deese and actress, Rose McGowan. Apart from his musical career, he also puttered into acting, in movies like ‘Jawbreaker’ and ‘Party Monster’. If you would like to learn more about this unconventional personality, scroll further.
Childhood & Early Life
Marilyn Manson was born as Brian Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969 to Hugh and Bard Warner.
He had a very tough upbringing and was also a victim of sexual abuse. The trauma put the youngster on the path of rebellion, as he tried to ingest the horrid incidents of his day-to-day life.
Manson enrolled at Broward College, where he studied theater and journalism. His first foray in the world of entertainment began when he was appointed as an entertainment journalist with a magazine in Fort Lauderdale.
He had the opportunity to interview many musicians like Trent Reznor, who influenced him to start his own band. He and a friend Scott Mitchell formed ‘Marilyn Mason and the Spooky Kids’, which they shortened to Marilyn Manson later.
Marilyn Manson and his band signed a contract with ‘Nothing’, Trent Reznor’s record label, based on their self-released cassettes in the Fort Lauderdale area in 1993.
In 1994, he and his band gained the opportunity to tour with Reznor’s band, ‘Nine Inch Nails’. The same year, their first album, ‘Portrait of an American Family’ was released and gave him his first taste of commercial success with a cult following.
The following grew larger with the release of ‘Smells Like Children’ in 1995.
The following year, in 1996, Marilyn Manson hit it big with the release of ‘Antichrist Superstar’ which reached the Billboard 200 chart and was co-produced by Trent Reznor.
He released ‘Remix and Repent’ and also made his first film debut in David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’ in 1997.
His biggest and most controversial album to date, which propelled his career, was ‘Mechanical Animals’, which released in 1998.
He was also seen in other films like ‘Jawbreaker’ (1999), ‘Party Monster’ (2003) and also starred in ‘The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things’ (2004).
His album ‘Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), released in 2000. In support of the album, the band toured America and parts of Europe in 2001. The same year, he published the novel, ‘Holy Wood’.
He released their fifth studio album, ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque’ in 2003, which spent a week at the top of the Billboard charts and was critically acclaimed.
In 2004, he worked on his directorial debut, ‘Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll’.
Although his next album ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ was scheduled to release in 2005, it released only in 2007 and became a very controversial album for its dark lyrics.
In 2009, he reunited with former band member, Twiggy Ramirez and released ‘The High End of Low’.
In 2011, Manson’s coffee table book, ‘Genealogies of Pain’ was released.
‘Mechanical Animals’, which released on September 14, 1998 was Marilyn Manson’s greatest album in his entire career. The album has been certified as a platinum album and spawned four singles. It also debuted as the No.1 Album in its first week of sale and the most successful single on the album is ‘The Dope Show’.
‘The Golden Age of Grotesque’ was released on May 13, 2003 and was certified gold in Australia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France. It also debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200.
Awards & Achievements
His singles were nominated for a series of MTV Video Music Awards and he won the Best Cinematography in a Video for the single ‘The Dope Show’ in 1999.
He was also nominated for the Metal Edge Reader’s Choice Awards, 1997, 1999, 1998 and 2000.
Gold medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2008
Four of his singles from his hit albums were nominated for the Grammy Awards, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2013.
Personal Life & Legacy
His autobiography, ‘The Long Hard Road Out of Hell’ was published on February 14, 1998.
He was engaged to Rose McGowan from February 1999 to January 19, 2001, but the engagement ended.
He fell in love with Dita Von Deese, a dancer and married her on November 28, 2005. However, the couple split on December 30, 2006.
He appeared in a number of video games like ‘Area 51’, ‘The Darkness’, ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ and ‘Spawn: Armageddon’.
He launched his own version of absinthe, which he called ‘Mansinthe’. This received mixed review from critics but eventually won a gold medal.
There are several lawsuits filed against the musician for vandalism, sexual misconduct, substance abuse and for unpaid partnership proceeds.
In 2009, he dated American pornographic actress, Stoya until November 2009, but a statement on Twitter indicated that the couple were headed for ‘splitsville’.
He has appeared on various episodes of South Park, Clone High and Cartoon Sushi. He is also mentioned in a number of goth-rock songs like ‘Party like a Rockstar’ and ‘Well All Rite Cha’.