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The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

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When this best-selling autobiography was originally released, everyone was shocked: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell was the darkest, funniest, most controversial and best-selling rock book of its time - and it became the template, both visually and narratively, for almost every rock book since. Marilyn Manson is not just a music icon, it turned out, but one of the best storytellers of his generation. Written with best-selling author Neil Strauss and modeled on Dante's Inferno, this edition of The Long Hard Road out of Hell features a bonus chapter not in the original book. In the shocking and candid memoir, Manson takes listeners from backstage to emergency rooms to jail cells, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country. Along the way you'll hear what happens to fans - and celebrities - who dare to venture backstage with the one of the world's most dangerous rock stars. In the words of Elle magazine, the book "makes Madonna's infamous Sex seem downright wholesome in comparison".

©1998 Marilyn Manson and Neil Strauss (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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5% interesting 60% boring 90% pretentious

Manson spends a whole section of the book relaying his dreams; perfect for insomniacs. While there is some evident charisma, Manson shoots for scary but ends up closer to a plastic Halloween pumpkin from a discount store.

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Seriously dark and twisted

Maralyn Manson is the real deal. Enduring a very dysfunctional childhood. Not a gripping story at all and couldn't be engaged enough to finish it. It's just dark and empty.

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Disappointing

I was seriously disappointed by this book - the story was no more than a bunch of tales of really brainless events. Sorry if I offend, but I really don't know how I got through to the end. A few chapters were certainly shortened... I expected more and was left with a distaste for any more. There are far better listens/reads out there - Maynard J. Keetnan for instance is brilliant.

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  • Lou
  • 29-11-2017

would have been 10xs better if Manson had narrated

not the hugest fan of his music but when i read this book i loved it. wanted to re read it without reading it again so I picked up the audio book. i wish manson had narrated. this guy did fine but i kept wanting to hear manson tell the tale

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  • L-squared
  • 31-01-2018

Interesting read (at times) but not well written

I should start off by saying that I have always been a strong Marilyn Manson fan. Definitely not someone you would see at his concert, but someone who appreciated his music, uniqueness and artistic style. In interviews he always struck me as intelligent and eloquent. Regrettably, I was very disappointed in this book. Besides the occasional gratuitous and salacious storytelling (which I’ll admit was entertaining, although severely limited!) I found it both pretentious and self indulgent.

Sometimes people moan on and on about how different they are from the norm. Which I can respect to a degree. But towards the end, his point was lost because he dug himself Into a hypocritical hole where he (at least in my opinion) transformed into a narcissistic bully, desperately trying to showcase the superiority in his beliefs and lifestyle not because his way of living brought him any sense of fulfillment. But for the juvenile reasoning that he seems to passionately hate normalcy in any sense of the word.

I don’t have to agree with what someone preaches, but at least make a decent case for yourself. Or at the VERY least, write it well.

Left this book less of a fan than i was coming into it, unfortunately.

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  • Sherry Faircloth
  • 18-01-2019

Shockingly Good

I know of Marilyn Manson, know nothing about him or his music only what I have heard. I find the book very well read and very interesting. He is a talented artist with some pretty amazing ideas with shock value. A very good read.

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  • Alan mcelroy
  • 10-10-2019

Wow

Bought this thinking ok what's this guy really about because ive never understood him beforehand. What I got was much much more. Maybe I'll never really understand Marilyn Manson but this book really was honesty at it's best. I truly got more than I had anticipated! Definitely would recommend and worth buying!

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  • Sam Mezo
  • 16-01-2019

Awesome

the narrator did pretty good and the story is obviously awesome, like anything you would expect from Marilyn Manson,

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-05-2018

You can skip this one.

This is my 4th or 5th rock related memoir and this one just was in a different class. It seemed to drag and I struggled to get through it. it seemed like everytime I turned around the book was listing or counting some assumed fact pattern or a set of rules that said you were gay, straight, or something else. these lists were monotonous, numerous, and were always followed by the author stating "i broke..." and then listing the rules he broke but we can't remember the numbers associatwd with each rule because there were 20+ rules. it was really quite bad. if I didn't have a new years resolution to. read more books I probably would have never finished this one. peobably best to not start reading it and save your credit for something else.

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  • Jack
  • 25-02-2020

Shocking, funny and in need of a sequel.

Going into this book I knew very little of Marilyn Manson. I liked some of his songs and knew some of the myths revolving his shocking persona, I've also happened to see him perform live 3 times during my lifetime.

To me it was incredibly interesting to learn how this person evolved from a frail boy to the most feared man by Christian religion during the turn of the millennium. Is he still the most feared man? I don't know, a sequel to this biography from an elder Manson would be incredibly interesting.

I was also amazed at how many times I found myself laughing with this book. Mr. Warner is genuinely a funny guy. Of course, there's a lot of shock to be had, but you expect that and the stories on the road are incredibly interesting to say the least.

Is it all true?

Who knows? I have the feeling it may be a bit glittered here and there for entertainment's sake but at least it feels real enough.
The performance was also amazing, at times I could almost hear Reverend Manson (now I finally understand why they called him that) through Mr. Cronin's voice.

It's most definitely a good read and would recommend it to any rocker that's worth its salt.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 03-02-2020

Manson is a strange dude

Marilyn Manson would hate me. I’m cool with that though, I’d probably dislike him as well personally. He comes across more judgmental of others than others being judgmental of him. It’s obvious he has a lot of hate in his heart towards those that are religious. He contradicts himself a lot on his spiritual beliefs in this memoir. He admits he doesn’t believe in God or Satan but refers to himself as the Anti-Christ.

Nonetheless- I’m surprised by his humor and intelligence! He’s possibly a genius. Very intelligent! He’s funny too, in that dark sardonic way, and I never knew he was a Journalist before becoming a rockstar. Manson is very intriguing under all of his chaos, and I’m assuming there are few that really know him deep. He’s more of a talented performer rather than a talented musician in my opinion. The story he tells in this book explains a lot of his peculiarities. Strange people fascinate me, and I enjoy hearing their life situations that molded them into who they are.

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  • Sabrina
  • 30-01-2020

Different...

Not for sensitive people. This is not your typical story of a rock star. Would have been better if Manson had done the reading himself.

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  • B.W.M
  • 29-01-2020

Oh Wow!

What a strange and interesting story this turned out to be! Not for the faint. (it IS Marilyn Manson lol.)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2017

Suitable For White Trash (And You)!

Had lost my hard copy of the book so I'm glad that I was able to get a free audio book!

Other than the insightfully dark experiences, told within the story, James Patrick Cronin almost sounds like Marilyn Manson, which made it that bit better.

Also, the reading was delivered in an enticing and believable manner.

Overall, I'm happy that I put aside my unreasonable, unjustified, assumed dislike for audio books and moved with the times!

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  • Chris
  • 21-03-2019

Kinda sounds like butthead is the narrator though.

Kinda sounds like butthead is the narrator though. good book i thought all in all

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  • savage
  • 30-01-2019

Manson has things to say. And they really are worth listening to. And at times blisteringly funny.

I listened to this as a companion to my teenage kid listening to it. It genuinely is laugh out loud sometimes with anecdote after anecdote that reveals the story of a bunch of kids that follows their turbulent successes and car crashes anecdote after hilarious and at times painful anecdote in both their music but their personal lives. From trying to kill a stalker to meeting the head of the Satanist Church before he died, The establishment and church that Manson rails against is deservedly lambasted for its stupidity and illiteracy in seeing what he is doing. He is on stage quite literally screaming for everybody to wake up from our zombie lives and understand the failings of our consumer driven society and recognize the dogma in our hypocrisy. Smart, at times even shocking - even to him I think - this book is a great listen offering up an at times hilarious, vulnerable but ultimately very serious portrait of Manson and why he does what he absolutely should keep on doing.

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  • Trixibelle
  • 10-09-2018

Interesting and intelligent, but uncomfortable

At times this is not easy listening because Warner/Manson doesn't seem to be a nice person - but I guess any book entitled 'The Long Hard Road out of Hell' is not going to be about a good samaritan! This autobiography is also now 20 years out of date (it was published in 1998). I wondered if it was deliberately written in such a way as to prevent anyone from knowing or understanding who Brian Warner really is; and, if it is wholly accurate from Warner/Manson's point of view whether, during the last 20 years, he has had any revelations in terms of emphathy and self-awareness, as both seem disturbingly lacking in him in this book.

Interesting that Neil Strauss was involved in the writing of both this book and Mötley Crüe's "The Dirt" as they are written in the same style and, as with "The Dirt", there are tour stories in here that are uncomfortable to hear: abuse of seemingly willing but intensely vulnerable people - women in particular - does not sit well with me. The members of Mötley seemed more self-aware than Warner/Manson of the effect that their destructiveness had on other people, and they certainly seemed to pay for their sins and find redemption in the end. Manson, apparently, has not.

Those criticisms aside, this is an interesting and intelligent read, and it is well-narrated. When Warner/Manson simply allows his reflections about life, religion, and the world to come through without applying the 'shock and disgust' filter he is insightful and thought-provoking, revealing a clever mind that is never idle and highly creative. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Samuel Corbyn
  • 07-06-2018

loved it

some mad stories and an interesting insight into the life and mind of Brian Warner aka Marilyn manson

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  • Divine Ray
  • 23-03-2018

Fascinating stuff. It really made me think and look at the man behind the image. He has more heart than some of these people parading around as the people's mouthpiece.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-01-2018

Totally messed up

What a messed up dark intriguing piece of work by Marilyn Manson always true to form. Fantastic

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  • suzanne o.brien
  • 13-08-2018

It isn't well written down

Interesting but poorly written. A lot of metaphors ends randomly. Unsure whether to recommend this book

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  • Ent
  • 07-02-2019

just, why?

As someone who grew up loving his entertainment, it's so disappointing to find out that he was a messed up guy for literally no reason than just wanting to be edgy and gothic. He really is the personification of a wolf and skull hoody.

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  • Sean Johnson
  • 31-08-2018

Amazing dark and really funny.

Amazing dark and really funny. Would recommend for a non Manson fan. Well written and we'll read.