Rob Brunner
March 06, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Marilyn Manson, Neil Strauss
genre
Memoir, Biography, Music

We gave it a C+

How did confused but likable kid Brian Warner mutate into shock-rocker Marilyn Manson? That’s the key question here, one that’s never satisfactorily addressed. Young Brian struggles with hypocrisy and cruelty throughout his Ohio Christian-school upbringing, but there’s no explanation for his bizarre transformation into America’s most controversial rock star. Of course, some people will pick up The Long Hard Road Out of Hell for its tales of backstage debauchery. They might be disappointed: Despite scene after scene of drug-addled depravity, what’s really shocking about Manson’s rock & roll lifestyle is how boring it is to read about. C+

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