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The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

by Marilyn Manson

Other authors: Neil Strauss (Author)

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Didn't finish it and never will be. Very disturbing and 'not my cap of tea'. I don't know why I picked it up... Curiosity, I guess, which killed the cat. ( )
  Natalia_Sh | Jan 14, 2016 |
Just to be clear, this is a terrible terrible book. If you are a reasonable adult person with who thinks responsibly about life, it will piss you off.

If you think that Marilyn Manson is anything other than a total geek with a politically problematic (read: asshole) past, you probably won't want to read this. Unless, that is, you enjoy having your fankid illusions shattered. He is also clearly aware, though, and it's both in part because of and in part in spite of this that makes the book relatable. Yes, relatable, because if you don't identify with anything here, you probably either led a very sheltered life, or you're in denial.

I'd really love to read about the years since this was written (1999) when, by all accounts, he's changed quite a lot. ( )
1 vote killerX | Jan 8, 2016 |
Manson's autobiography that follows him from a thirteen year old sneaking into his grandparent's basement to uncover his grandfather's secrets, to his school years full of insecurities and petty theft, to starting a band that eventually became Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids.
I haven't read many autobiographies, but I think this one is unusual as it seems to intentionally work to keep the reader on Manson's side, and whether that's Manson's need to manipulate or Strauss' writing skill is anybody's guess. It begins with that opening tale of two cousins discovering how screwed up their grandfather is, then the weird boy next door and Manson's parents forcing him to attend a Christian school where he didn't fit in, and it creates a sympathetic and relateable picture. His teen years are difficult for no particular reason and he begins writing dark poems and stories about murder, and doing drugs. But it's the sections about music and fame, forcing his band mates to look and behave as he wants, claiming almost all the credit for their success, blaming failures on others, abusing groupies and talking about himself as a God that takes the reader to a level of narcissism that only happens in show business or politics. It's actually a well-written and very interesting book, and I think that much of the accessibility is due to the author always taking the reader into his confidence, like "these other people don't understand me, but let me explain it to you." But be warned that Manson admits to some really heinous things. ( )
  mstrust | Oct 21, 2014 |
Intentionally provocative, and darkly humorous. Pretty quick read. Sometimes he seems to have a huge ego, but at other times he is self-deprecating. Simultaneously builds up the myth of Marilyn Manson and shows some of who Brian Warner was. I got the feeling that there were a lot more stories he could have told if he had wanted to burn bridges. ( )
  elsiereads | Jan 2, 2014 |
i'm sure he didn't write this. i quit reading it about 100 pages into it. ( )
  ownedbycats | Sep 1, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060987464, Paperback)

One doesn't usually think of rock stars as insightful, but, against all odds, glam-trash superstar Marilyn Manson has written a book that is actually an intelligent look at growing up. This autobiographical bildungsroman brings out the creepiest aspects of childhood, conveying the terror and fascination that young Marilyn (then called Brian) felt when looking through his grandfather's pornography, getting his first French kiss, and being taunted by the girls he wanted to "date." Manson has the benefit of having grown up as an outcast and loser and then having become a star without forgetting what he went through. This gives him an incredibly broad perspective, which he brings to bear on his ordinary life in order to convey the more potent and frightening moments that shaped him into the pale-skinned weirdo that the Christian Right loves to hate. Best of all, Manson is shockingly honest, and portrays himself as occasionally stupid, self-centered, over-sensitive, ignoble, and, mostly, highly fallible and human. It's a long way from the auto-hagiographies that other stars have written, and it's easily one of the best reads in celebrity bio. --James DiGiovanna

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Marilyn Manson describes the bizarre collection of characters that formed his persona during a frightened Christian childhood. The Long Hard Road out of Hell is a journey from hospital emergency rooms via jail cells to music business stardom.

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