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Known for his outrageous outfits and on-stage antics, Marilyn Manson is an American goth-rock performer who has been protested and boycotted because of his perceived "dark" views.
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Marilyn Manson's aggressive sound and grotesque on-stage antics have earned him a legion of fans and just as many protesters.
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Singer, performer. Born Brian Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969, in Canton, Ohio, to father Hugh and mother Barb Warner. Warner had a tough childhood, and was molested several times by a neighbor. The trauma put the young boy on a path of rebellion as he tried to reconcile the incidents with his daily life.
After high school, Warner and his family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for his father's job. There, the young Manson enrolled in a local community college called Broward, where he studied journalism and theater. Warner's first foray into the music business came as an entertainment journalist for a local magazine in Fort Lauderdale. This gave him the opportunity to interview several famous musicians, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. During this time as a journalist, Warner formed his own band called Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. Manson has stated that he got the name for his alter ego by combining Marilyn Monroe's first name with Charles Manson's last. Later, the band would change the name simply to Marilyn Manson.
In 1993, Marilyn Manson and his band earned a contract from Trent Reznor's record label, Nothing, based on their local performances and self-released cassettes in the Fort Lauderdale area. The record contract also earned Marilyn Manson and his band a spot on Nine Inch Nails's 1994 tour. Marilyn Manson's first album was titled Portrait of an American Family. The album was produced by Trent Reznor, and gave Manson his first taste of commercial success, as he gained a cult following after its release.
On Smells Like Children, an EP released by Marilyn Manson in 1995, Manson got his first heavy play on MTV with a cover of the Eurythmics 1983 song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)." Eventually this cover would help Smell Like Children reach platinum. In 1996, Marilyn Manson hit it big with the release of their second album, Antichrist Superstar. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was co-produced by Trent Reznor.
In 1997, Marilyn Manson co-wrote his autobiography with noted rock journalist Neil Strauss, titled The Long Road Out of Hell. That same year, he also released a second EP, titled Remix & Repent, which reached 102 on the Billboard charts, and made his film debut in David Lynch's Lost Highway. He also appeared in later films, including Jawbreaker (1999), Party Monster (2003) and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004).
Marilyn Manson achieved his greatest success in 1998 with the release of Mechanical Animals. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and helped propel ticket sales to his Last Tour on Earth, which kicked off a year later.
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