Rio Salado College
Kimberly De Luca
Marilyn Manson candidly and vividly recounts his metamorphosis from frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered celebrity in America. Marilyn Manson, born Brian Warner, is the real life story of how growing up being molested by a neighbor, a grandfather with an abnormal sexual perversion, traumatically affected Manson in such a way he has become one of the top ten controversial rock stars in America. The trauma put Manson on a path of rebellion as he tried to reconcile the incidents with his daily life through his music. Long Hard Road out of Hell is the story of Brian Warner, his metamorphosis from the worm to the boy, and how he took those very childhood events or fears and recreated them as alter ego’s he would introduce through the lyrics and antics of Marilyn Manson’s music. Famous rock star Marilyn Manson stole his name from the famous suicide victim Marilyn Monroe and murderer Charles Manson. That was Marilyn Manson’s first attempt to make a statement to society. Manson has stated that he got the name for his alter ego by combining Marilyn Monroe's first name with Charles Manson's last. This is a statement of what a paradox that society can put a serial killer, and a beautiful actress/model, on the cover of Time magazine, ultimately giving them the same star status. "I knew that Brian Warner was dying. I was being given a chance to be reborn, for better or worse, somewhere new. But what I couldn't figure out was whether high school had corrupted me or enlightened me. Maybe it was both, and corruption and enlightenment were inseparable" (Long Hard Road Out of Hell, Chapter 3, pg. 32. Manson definitely expressed in detail how these events formed a rebellion in him that has carried over and even inspired him to be a musician. Manson described his school teachers as saying, “The end of the world did not come when it was supposed to. I was brainwashed to believe, in seminars every...
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