For this week’s Heavy Metal Book Report, I chose a book from an artist that I just couldn’t wait to read his autobiography because he is such a polarizing and mysterious figure. Of course, I am talking about shock rocker the one time self proclaimed Anti-Christ Marilyn Manson. Before 1999, we were all wondering just who the man known as Marilyn Manson really was and when he released The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell we were all intrigued to find out exactly who he was as he teamed up with Neil Strauss to write the book and the book predates Motley Crue’s The Dirt so this may have been the most shocking book at the time ro at least a book that could have inspired the Crue to tell their tale. Marilyn Manson even wrote a song with the same name that would accompany the book that was featured on the soundtrack to the film Spawn. Marilyn Manson was ready to tell his side of the story so that we could all understand exactly just who the man was and what helped create the man we all feared. In the book, Manson dives deep into his childhood as well as his formative years coming up in the scene as Marilyn Manson right all the way to the point of the release of Antichrist Superstar. Marilyn starts with the story if his very weird grandfather that is going to set up the stage of how weird and perverse the book can get, but you won’t be able to put it down cause you are hooked.
There is always this one tale that I am going to briefly tell you about that absolutely shocked me and made me think twice about certain members of his band as well as him. When they weren’t onstage causing mayhem and destruction, they were torturing fans that would volunteer to go into this torture device that test a persons limits . You had to lie in the contraption a certain way or it would choke you to death. One kid who lied int he contraption ended up confessing some messed up information about pimping his sister. There are more twisted stories in this book that either top that story or are just as equally mind boggling. One of the most common themes in this book is Marilyn’s undying quest to find love because it seems to be the most important thing in his life that he wants to fulfill. He talks about so many relationships in this book like one with Traci Lords as well as the singer from Jack Off Jill and so many more. Besides the struggle to find love, you also learn the struggles of trying to be an artist in a world that isn’t allowing you to be one freely. So many times the labels put constrictions on him or he would be wrongfully arrested by the law just cause they didn’t like him. While the book is a shocking read, it is also a very intelligent and articulate read filled with amazing stories that will fulfill any fans desire to know information. I definitely suggest that you go an pick up the book if you can because you learn a lot in this book. I am going to give the book four stars out of five for a final grade. He is the last living rockstar after all in my opinion.