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Marilyn Manson
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Manson performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameBrian Hugh Warner
Born (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 50)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • composer
  • actor
  • visual artist
  • painter
  • author
  • music journalist
  • music video director
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1989–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website marilynmanson.com

Brian Hugh Warner (born January 5, 1969), known by his stage name, Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. He is known for his controversial stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, which he co-founded with guitarist Daisy Berkowitz and of which he remains the only constant member. Like other members of the band, his stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of two American pop cultural icons of the 1960s: actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson.

Music journalism journalism genre

Music journalism is media criticism and reporting about music topics, including popular music, classical music and traditional music. Journalists began writing about music in the eighteenth century, providing commentary on what is now regarded as classical music. In the 1960s, music journalism began more prominently covering popular music like rock and pop after the breakthrough of The Beatles. With the rise of the internet in the 2000s, music criticism developed an increasingly large online presence with music bloggers, aspiring music critics, and established critics supplementing print media online. Music journalism today includes reviews of songs, albums and live concerts, profiles of recording artists, and reporting of artist news and music events.

Marilyn Manson (band) American rock band

Marilyn Manson is an American rock band formed by namesake lead singer Marilyn Manson and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989. Originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, they gained a local cult following in South Florida in the early 1990s with their theatrical live performances. In 1993, they were the first act signed to Trent Reznor's Nothing Records label. Until 1996, the name of each member was created by combining the first name of a female sex symbol and the last name of a serial killer, for example Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. Their lineup has changed between many of their album releases; the current members of Marilyn Manson are the eponymous lead singer, guitarist Tyler Bates, and drummer Gil Sharone.

Cultural icon artifact that is recognised by members of a culture or sub-culture as representing some aspect of cultural identity

A cultural icon is an artifact that is identified by members of a culture as representative of that culture. The process of identification is subjective, and "icons" are judged by the extent to which they can be seen as an authentic proxy of that culture. When individuals perceive a cultural icon, they relate it to their general perceptions of the cultural identity represented. Cultural icons can also be identified as an authentic representation of the practices of one culture by another.

Contents

Manson is best known for records released in the 1990s, most notably Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals , which (along with his public image) earned him a reputation in mainstream media as a controversial figure and negative influence on young people. [7] [8] In the U.S. alone, three of the band's albums have been awarded platinum status and three more went gold, and the band has had eight releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums. Manson has been ranked number 44 in the "Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists" by Hit Parader , and, along with his band, has been nominated for four Grammy Awards.

<i>Antichrist Superstar</i> Second studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson

Antichrist Superstar is the second studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released on October 8, 1996 by Nothing and Interscope Records. It was recorded at Nothing Studios in New Orleans and produced by the band's eponymous vocalist along with Sean Beavan, former Skinny Puppy producer Dave Ogilvie and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The recording of the album was marred by excessive drug use, which provoked a high level of antagonism between band members. Consequently, it was their last release to feature contributions from founding guitarist Daisy Berkowitz, who acrimoniously quit partway through recording.

<i>Mechanical Animals</i> 1998 album by Marilyn Manson

Mechanical Animals is the third studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on September 15, 1998, by Nothing and Interscope Records. The album marked a major shift from the industrial metal and alternative metal styles of the band's earlier efforts, into an experimentation with 1970s glam rock with industrial rock and electronic rock styles. As their first release following the success of their breakthrough album, 1996's Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals' themes primarily deals with the trappings of fame and drug abuse.

Mainstream media (MSM) is a term and abbreviation used to refer collectively to the various large mass news media that influence a large number of people, and both reflect and shape prevailing currents of thought. The term is used to contrast with alternative media which may contain content with more dissenting thought at variance with the prevailing views of mainstream sources.

Manson made his film debut in 1997 as an actor in David Lynch's Lost Highway . Since then, he has appeared in a variety of minor roles and cameos. He was interviewed in Michael Moore's political documentary about gun violence, Bowling for Columbine , discussing possible motivations for the 1999 Columbine massacre; he denied allegations that his music was a contributory factor. From September 13 to 14, 2002, his first art show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, was held at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions center. He unveiled a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Kunsthalle gallery in Vienna, [9] on which he collaborated with Lynch.

David Lynch American film director and artist

David Keith Lynch is an American filmmaker, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era", while AllMovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking". His films Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) are widely regarded by critics to be among the greatest films of their respective decades, while the success of his 1990–91 television series Twin Peaks led to him being labeled "the first popular Surrealist" by film critic Pauline Kael. He has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. In 2016, Mulholland Drive, was named the top film of the 21st century by the BBC following a poll of 177 film critics from 36 countries.

Michael Moore American filmmaker, author

Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker and author. He is best known for his work on globalization and capitalism.

<i>Bowling for Columbine</i> 2002 documentary film by Michael Moore

Bowling for Columbine is a 2002 American documentary film written, produced, directed, and narrated by Michael Moore. The film explores what Moore suggests are the primary causes for the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and other acts of violence with guns. Moore focuses on the background and environment in which the massacre took place and some common public opinions and assumptions about related issues. The film also looks into the nature of violence in the United States.

Early life

Brian Hugh Warner was born in Canton, Ohio, on January 5, 1969, the only son of Barbara Warner Wyer (died May 13, 2014) [10] and Hugh Angus Warner [11] (died July 7, 2017). [12] He is of English, German, and Irish descent. [13] He has also claimed that his mother's family, who hail from the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, have Sioux heritage. [14] As a child, Warner attended his mother's Episcopal church, though his father was a Roman Catholic. [15] [16] He attended Heritage Christian School from first to 10th grade. In that school, his instructors tried to show children what music they were not supposed to listen to; Warner then fell in love with what he "wasn't supposed to do". [17]

Canton, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Canton is a city in and the county seat of Stark County, Ohio, United States. Canton is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) south of Cleveland and 20 miles (32 km) south of Akron in Northeast Ohio. The city lies on the edge of Ohio's extensive Amish country, particularly in Holmes and Wayne counties to the city's west and southwest. Canton is the largest municipality in the Canton-Massillon, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Stark and Carroll counties. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 404,422. The city proper had 73,007 residents, making Canton eighth among Ohio cities in population.

English people Nation and ethnic group native to England

The English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speak the English language. The English identity is of early medieval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Angelcynn. Their ethnonym is derived from the Angles, one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the 5th century AD. England is one of the countries of the United Kingdom, and the majority of people living there are British citizens.

Germans citizens or native-born people of Germany; or people of descent to the ethnic and ethnolinguistic group associated with the German language

Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe, who share a common German ancestry, culture and history. German is the shared mother tongue of a substantial majority of ethnic Germans.

Warner later transferred to GlenOak High School and graduated from there in 1987. After relocating with his parents, he became a student at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1990. He was working towards a degree in journalism and gaining experience in the field by writing articles for a music magazine, 25th Parallel .[ citation needed ] In his role as music interviewer, he soon met several of the musicians to whom his own band was later compared, including Groovie Mann from My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. [18]

GlenOak High School is a public high school in Plain Township, Ohio, United States, near Canton. It is the only high school in the Plain Local School District. Sports teams are called the Golden Eagles, and they compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a member of the Federal League.

Broward College

Broward College, is a state college in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. It was established in 1959 as part of a move to broaden Florida's two-year colleges. In 2008 it adopted its current name, reflecting that it is one of the schools designated a "state college", meaning it can offer four-year bachelor's degrees. In 2012, Broward College was named one of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation by the Washington D.C.-based Aspen Institute.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida City in Florida, United States

Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, 28 miles (45 km) north of Miami. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2017 census, the city has an estimated population of 180,072. Fort Lauderdale is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,158,824 people in 2017.

Career

Music

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Left to Right: Twiggy, Gacy and Manson performing at the "A Night of Nothing" industry showcase, 1995

Warner and guitarist Scott "Daisy Berkowitz" Putesky formed Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids following conversations at the Reunion Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989. [19] The name was later shortened to Marilyn Manson. While with The Spooky Kids, Manson teamed with Jeordie White (also known as Twiggy Ramirez) and Stephen Gregory Bier Jr. (also known as Madonna Wayne Gacy) in two side-projects: Satan on Fire, a faux-Christian metal ensemble where he played bass guitar, and drums in Mrs. Scabtree, a collaborative band formed with White and then girlfriend Jessicka (vocalist with the band Jack Off Jill) as a way to combat contractual agreements that prohibited Marilyn Manson from playing in certain clubs.

Scott Putesky American musician

Scott Mitchell Putesky, also known as Daisy Berkowitz, was an American musician, who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the industrial metal band Marilyn Manson. His stage name was created by combining Daisy Duke from Dukes of Hazzard, with the serial killer David Berkowitz. He left the band on May 8, 1996, halfway through the recording of Antichrist Superstar.

Madonna Wayne Gacy American musician

Stephen Gregory Bier Jr., formerly known by his stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy and by the nickname Pogo, is the former keyboard player for Marilyn Manson, from 1989 to 2007. His stage name came from the names of the singer Madonna and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Christian metal, also known as white metal, Jesus metal or heavenly metal, is a form of heavy metal music usually defined by its message using song lyrics as well as the dedication of the band members to Christianity. Christian metal is typically performed by professed Christians principally for Christians who listen to heavy metal music and often produced and distributed through various Christian networks.

In 1993, the band drew the attention of Trent Reznor. Reznor produced their 1994 debut album, Portrait of an American Family and released it on his Nothing Records label. The band began to develop a cult following, which grew larger on the Downward Spiral Tour that featured Nine Inch Nails and Jim Rose Circus along with the release of Smells Like Children in 1995. That EP yielded the band's first big MTV hit with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", a cover of the 1983 Eurythmics hit. Antichrist Superstar (co-produced by Trent Reznor) was an even greater success. [20]

In the U.S. alone, three of the band's albums have been awarded two platinum and three more went gold, and the band has had seven releases debut in the top ten, including two number-one albums. Manson first worked as a producer with the band Jack Off Jill. He helped name the band and produced most of the band's early recordings, and also played guitar on the song "My Cat" and had the band open most of his South Florida shows. [21] Manson later wrote the liner notes to the band's album Humid Teenage Mediocrity 1992–1996 , a collection of early Jack Off Jill recordings.

Commentators have referred to the band's lead singer as being one of the most iconic and controversial figures in heavy metal music, [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] with some going so far as to call him a "pop culture icon". [27] [28] [29] [30] Paste magazine said there were "few artists in the 90s as shocking as Marilyn Manson, the most famous of the shock-rockers". [31]

He's very savvy in that he lets people think things about him or plays into things to see what will happen, almost like a performance artist. He's a visionary in a way, because he identified a culture that was coming and now that culture is everywhere.

Billy Corgan on Marilyn Manson, 2014 [32]

Manson has appeared as a guest performer on DMX's album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood [33] and on Godhead's 2000 Years of Human Error album – the only album released on his vanity label Posthuman. [34] [35] In 2011 it was revealed that Manson was to appear on the singer Skylar Grey's album Invinsible on the track entitled "Can't Haunt Me". Manson released his eighth studio album, Born Villain , in May 2012. On November 10, 2014, Manson posted via his official Facebook page that his ninth studio album, The Pale Emperor , would be released on January 20, 2015. On August 15, 2015, Manson had New Orleans brass ensemble the Soul Rebels perform "Beautiful People" with him live in Japan at the Summer Sonic Music Festival. Shooter Jennings' album "Countach (For Giorgio)" (a tribute to Giorgio Moroder) features Manson performing guest vocals on a cover of David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)". The album was released on February 26, 2016. [36] [37]

On September 30, 2017, Manson was injured by two large falling stage props while he performed on stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, breaking his fibula in two places, requiring a plate and ten screws to be inserted in the bone, as well as another screw in his ankle, which he had sprained during a show in Pittsburgh. [38] [39] [40]

Film and television

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At the 2006 Festival de Cannes

Manson made his film debut in 1997, as an actor in David Lynch's Lost Highway . Since then he has appeared in a variety of minor roles and cameos, including Party Monster ; then-girlfriend Rose McGowan's 1999 film Jawbreaker ; Asia Argento's 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things ; Rise ; The Hire: Beat The Devil, the sixth installment in the BMW films series; and Showtime's comedy-drama TV series Californication in 2013, in which Manson portrayed himself. He also appeared on HBO's Eastbound & Down , [41] of which Manson is reportedly a longtime fan, [42] and had lobbied to appear on for years; and ABC's Once Upon a Time , for which he provided the voice of the character "Shadow".

He was interviewed in Michael Moore's political documentary Bowling for Columbine discussing possible motivations for the Columbine massacre and allegations that his music was somehow a factor. He has appeared in animated form in Clone High and participated in several episodes of the MTV series Celebrity Deathmatch , becoming the show's unofficial champion and mascot; he often performed the voice for his claymated puppet, and contributed the song "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" to the soundtrack album. In July 2005, Manson told Rolling Stone that he was shifting his focus from music to filmmaking – "I just don't think the world is worth putting music into right now. I no longer want to make art that other people – particularly record companies – are turning into a product. I just want to make art." Johnny Depp reportedly used Manson as his inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . Manson himself expressed interest in playing the role of Willy Wonka in the film. [43]

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Manson performing in São Paulo in 2007 during the Rape of the World Tour.

He had been working on his directorial debut, Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll , a project that has been in development hell since 2004, with Manson also set to portray the role of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . Initially announced as a web-only release, it was later decided to give the estimated $4.2 million budget film a conventional cinema release, with a slated release date of mid-2007. The film was to have an original music soundtrack with previously unreleased songs. [44] Production of the film had been postponed indefinitely until after the Eat Me, Drink Me tour. [45] In 2010, studio bosses shut down production on the project, reportedly due to viewers' responses to the violent content of clips released on the internet. The film was later officially put on "indefinite production hold". [46]

However, according to a 2010 interview with co-writer Anthony Silva about the hold, the film was still on and the talk of it being shut down was just a myth. [47] In a June 2013 interview, Manson stated that he had "resurrected" the project, and that Roger Avary would direct it. [48] In a separate interview during the previous year, he said a small crew similar to what he used for his Slo-Mo-Tion" music video would be used, and would rather film the movie on an iPhone than not film it at all. In a reddit AMA with Billy Corgan on April 4, 2015, Marilyn Manson commented that he had withdrawn from the project because the writing process for the film was "so... damaging to my psyche, I've decided I don't want to have anything to do with it." and further commented that the only footage that had been created thus far had been content created for the trailer, which was made in order to promote the film. [49] [50]

Manson appeared in the final season of the TV series Sons of Anarchy portraying the fictional character Ron Tully, a white supremacist. [51] In January 2016, it was announced that Manson would be joining the cast for season 3 of WGN's Salem . Manson played Thomas Dinley, "the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up". [52]

Art

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Manson as Mechanical Animals' antagonist/character "Omega"

Manson stated in a 2004 interview with i-D magazine to have begun his career as a watercolor painter in 1999 when he made five-minute concept pieces and sold them to drug dealers. On September 13–14, 2002, his first show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, was held at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Centre. Art in America 's Max Henry likened them to the works of a "psychiatric patient given materials to use as therapy" and said his work would never be taken seriously in a fine art context, writing that the value was "in their celebrity, not the work". [53] On September 14–15, 2004, Manson held a second exhibition on the first night in Paris and the second in Berlin. The show was named 'Trismegistus' which was also the title of the center piece of the exhibit – a large, three-headed Christ painted onto an antique wood panel from a portable embalmers table.

Manson named his self-proclaimed art movement Celebritarian Corporation. He has coined a slogan for the movement: "We will sell our shadow to those who stand within it." In 2005 he said that the Celebritarian Corporation has been "incubating for seven years" which if correct would indicate that Celebritarian Corporation, in some form, started in 1998. [54] Celebritarian Corporation is also the namesake of an art gallery owned by Manson, called the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art in Los Angeles for which his third exhibition was the inaugural show. From April 2–17, 2007, his works were on show at the Space 39 Modern & Contemporary art gallery in Fort Myers, Florida. Forty pieces from this show traveled to Germany's Gallery Brigitte Schenk in Cologne to be publicly exhibited from June 28 – July 28, 2007. Manson revealed a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Vienna's Kunsthalle gallery [9] which the artist collaborated on with David Lynch.

Video games

He's a master of Culture jamming, industry trolling and arcane songcraft who nonchalantly shrugs off character assassination attempts, a glass of absinthe in his hand ... Last but certainly not least, Manson's got a whip-smart intellect and the gift of gab.

Revolver magazine on Marilyn Manson, 2017 [55]

Manson has made an appearance in the video game Area 51 as Edgar, a grey alien. His song "Cruci-Fiction in Space" is featured in a commercial for the video game, The Darkness . His likeness is also featured on the Celebrity Deathmatch video game for which he recorded a song for the soundtrack (2003). The song "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" was the credits score of the game Cold Fear as well as Spawn: Armageddon . The song "Four Rusted Horses" had an alternate version used in trailers for the video game Fear 3 . A remix of the song "Tainted Love" appears in the debut trailer for the game, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and in the launch trailer of Twisted Metal. Manson's song "The Beautiful People" was featured in WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth , KickBeat and Brütal Legend . The song "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon" is also featured in Saints Row: The Third . His music video to the song "Personal Jesus" was used in some parts of the Buzz! game series.[ citation needed ]

Other ventures

Manson launched "Mansinthe", his own brand of Swiss-made absinthe, which has received mixed reviews; some critics described the taste as being "just plain", [56] but it came second to Versinthe in an Absinthe top five [57] and won a gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. [58] Other reviewers, such as critics at The Wormwood Society, have given the absinthe moderately high praise. [59] In 2015, Manson stated he was no longer drinking absinthe. [60] [61]

Vocal style

Manson predominantly delivers lyrics in a melodic fashion, [62] although he invariably enhances his vocal register by utilizing several extended vocal techniques, such as vocal fry, [63] screaming, [64] growling [65] and crooning. [66] [67] His voice has five different tones, [68] which mixing engineer Robert Carranza discovered can form a pentagram when imported into a phrasal analyzer. [69] [70] He possesses a baritone vocal type, [71] and has a vocal range which can span more than four octaves. [72] His lowest bass note of A1 can be heard in "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon", while his highest note, an E6 – the first note of the whistle register – can be heard on the Born Villain song "Hey, Cruel World...". [73]

Name

Manson at Rock am Ring in 2015. Marilyn Manson - Rock am Ring 2015-8751.jpg
Manson at Rock am Ring in 2015.

The name Marilyn Manson is formed by a juxtaposition of two opposing American pop cultural icons: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. [74] Monroe, an actress, was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and continues to be a major icon over 50 years after, [75] while Manson, a cult leader, was responsible for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, as well as several others; and served a life sentence on murder and conspiracy charges until his death in 2017. [76] [77]

Manson was a culture war agitator for our side, someone willing to jar and frighten the fuck out of the power structures that seemed there to keep teenagers in their place ... and his tactics made him a target, both of mass-culture disdain and of superior alt-culture snark. All that was by design. He put himself out there to take those attacks. And on some level, he’s a saint for that.

Stereogum on Marilyn Manson. [78]

Manson has mentioned on at least two occasions that he trademarked the name. In an interview at the 2015 Cannes Lions Festival, he said: "I trademarked the name 'Marilyn Manson' the same way as Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. It's not a stage name. It's not my legal name ... Marilyn Manson is owned by Brian Warner, my real name." [79] Warner also mentioned this in a 2013 interview with Larry King. [80] In both interviews, Manson reports using these trademark registrations in order to secure cease and desist orders to silence media outlets who were wrongly blaming him for the Columbine High School massacre after one journalist erroneously reported the shooters were "wearing Marilyn Manson makeup and t-shirts". Although the reports were soon proved incorrect. [79]

Manson said, "Once the wheels started spinning, Fox News started going." [79] As a result of these false accusations, Manson's career was seriously harmed, as he was shunned by many venue owners; he also received numerous death threats. [81] Despite this, the name is used by the musician personally; though his mother referred to him by his birth name, his father opted to refer to his son as "Manson" since 1993, saying, "It's called respect of the artist." [82] The records of the United States Patent and Trademark Office show that Warner registered four trademarks of the name between 1994 and 1999, protecting entertainment services, merchandising, and branding. [83] [84] [85] [86]

Lawsuits

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Manson in 2010.

In September 1996, former bassist Gidget Gein negotiated a settlement with Manson where he would receive US$17,500, 20 percent of any royalties paid for recordings and for any songs he had a hand in writing and his share of any other royalties or fees the group earned while he was a member and he could market himself as a former member of Marilyn Manson. This settlement was not honored, however. [87]

Former guitarist and founding member Scott Putesky (a.k.a. Daisy Berkowitz) filed a $15 million lawsuit in a Fort Lauderdale court against the singer, the band and the band's attorney (David Codikow) in January 1998 after his departure from the group in the spring of 1996. Berkowitz claimed "thousands of dollars in royalties, publishing rights, and performance fees" and filed an attorney malpractice suit against Codikow, alleging that "Codikow represented Warner's interests more than the band's and ... gave Warner disproportionate control.." [88] [89] By October of that year, the suit had been settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. [90]

On November 30, 1998, a few days after the band accumulated "[a] total [of] more than $25,000" in backstage and hotel room damages during the Poughkeepsie, New York, stop of their Mechanical Animals Tour, [91] SPIN editor Craig Marks filed a $24-million lawsuit against Manson and his bodyguards. On February 19, 1999, Manson counter-sued Marks for libel, slander and defamation, seeking US$40 million in reparation. [92] Marks later dropped the lawsuit. [93] Manson apologized for the Poughkeepsie incident and offered to make financial restitution. [94] [95]

In a civil battery suit, David Diaz, a security officer from a concert in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 27, 2000, sued for US$75,000 in a Minneapolis federal court. [96] The federal court jury found in Manson's favor. [97] In a civil suit presented by Oakland County, Michigan, Manson was charged with sexual misconduct against another security officer, Joshua Keasler, during a concert in Clarkston, Michigan, on July 30, 2001. Oakland County originally filed assault and battery and criminal sexual misconduct charges, [98] but the judge reduced the latter charge to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. [99] Manson pleaded no contest to the reduced charges, paid a US$4,000 fine, [100] and later settled the lawsuit under undisclosed terms. [101]

The [Alice] Cooper comparison seems obvious at first ... but it falls apart pretty quickly. Cooper’s take was always more vaudeville and '50s drive-in, whereas peak Manson actually played with genuine blasphemy.

Stereogum [102]

On April 3, 2002, Maria St. John filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Manson of providing her adult daughter, Jennifer Syme, with cocaine and instructing her to drive while under the influence. [103] After attending a party at Manson's house, Syme was given a lift home; [104] Manson claims she was taken home by a designated driver. [103] After she got home, she got behind the wheel of her own vehicle and was killed when she crashed it into three parked cars. Manson is reported to have said there were no alcohol or other drugs at the party; St. John's lawyer disputed this claim. [103]

On August 2, 2007, former band member Stephen Bier filed a lawsuit against Manson for unpaid "partnership proceeds", seeking $20 million in back pay. Several details from the lawsuit leaked to the press. [105] [106] In December 2007, Manson countersued, claiming that Bier failed to fulfill his duties as a bandmember to play for recordings and to promote the band. [107] On December 28, 2009, the suit was settled with an agreement which saw Bier's attorneys being paid a total of $380,000. [108]

Charitable causes

Manson has supported various charitable causes throughout his career. In 2002, he worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to collaborate with a fan who had been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. 16-year-old Andrew Baines from Tennessee was invited into the band's recording studio to record backing vocals for their then-upcoming album, The Golden Age of Grotesque . Manson said on his website, "Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with Andrew, who reminded me the things I create are only made complete by those who enjoy them. I just want to simply say, thank you to Andrew for sharing such an important wish with me." [109] [110] He contributed to Oxfam's 2013 "Rumble in the Jumble" event, which raised money to aid victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [111] He has supported various organizations – such as Music for Life and Little Kids Rock – which enable access to musical instruments and education to children of low-income families. He has also worked with Project Nightlight, a group that encourages children and teenagers to speak out against physical and sexual abuse. [112]

Personal life

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Dita Von Teese and Manson were married from 2004 to 2007

Relationships

Manson was engaged to actress Rose McGowan from February 1999 to January 2001. McGowan later ended their engagement, citing "lifestyle differences". [113]

Manson and burlesque dancer, model, and costume designer Dita Von Teese became a couple in 2001. Manson proposed on March 22, 2004, and they were married in a private, non-denominational ceremony officiated by Chilean film director Alejandro Jodorowsky. [114] On December 30, 2006, Von Teese filed for divorce due to "irreconcilable differences". [115] Von Teese also stated she did not agree with his "partying or his relationship with another girl". [116] Manson's "heavy boozing" and distant behavior were also cited as cause for the split. [117] A judgment of divorce was entered in Los Angeles Superior Court on December 27, 2007. [118]

Manson's relationship with actress, model, and musician Evan Rachel Wood was made public in 2007. [119] They reportedly maintained an on-again, off-again relationship for several years. Manson proposed to Wood during a Paris stage performance in January 2010, but the couple broke off the engagement later that year. [120]

In the March 2012 issue of Revolver magazine, American photographer Lindsay Usich was referred to as Manson's girlfriend. The article referenced a new painting by Manson featuring Usich. She is credited as the photo source for the cover art of Manson's 2012 album, Born Villain . It was later confirmed that the two were romantically involved. [121] [122] In February 2015, Manson told Beat magazine that he is "newly single". [123]

Manson is the godfather of Lily-Rose Depp. [124]

Beliefs

Manson is a self-identified fan of Anton LaVey, [125] [126] an honorary priest in the Church of Satan and also an advocate of the writings of Aleister Crowley and Friedrich Nietzsche. He quotes Crowley throughout his autobiography, including the Thelemic anthem, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." [127] Crowley's esoteric subject matter forms an important leitmotif in much of Manson's early work. [128] He has been described as "the highest profile Satanist ever" with strong anti-Christian views and social Darwinist leanings. [129]

Discography

Performing in 2007 Marilyn Manson 2007 Southside 1.jpg
Performing in 2007

Special features

Guest appearances in music videos

Tours

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards [131]
YearNominated workAwardResult
1999 "The Dope Show"Best Hard Rock PerformanceNominated
2001 "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes"Best Metal PerformanceNominated
2004 "mOBSCENE"Best Metal PerformanceNominated
2013 "No Reflection"Best Hard Rock/Metal PerformanceNominated
MTV Video Music Awards
YearNominated workAwardResult
1996 [132] "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"Best Hard Rock VideoNominated
1997 [133] "The Beautiful People"Best Hard Rock VideoNominated
Best Special Effects in a VideoNominated
Best Art Direction in a VideoNominated
1999 [134] "The Dope Show"Best Cinematography in a VideoWon
Metal Edge Readers' Choice Awards
YearWinnerCategory
1997"Long Hard Road Out of Hell"Best Song From a Movie Soundtrack [135]
1999Marilyn MansonLive Performer of the Year
1998God Is in the TVHome Video of the Year [136]
2000Marilyn MansonMale Performer of the Year [137]
Kerrang Awards
YearNomineeAwardResult
2015Marilyn MansonLifetime achievement award [138] Won

Filmography and TV roles

Books

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