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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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Sex, drugs and rock and roll

Well I was hoping for an intelligent bio and what I got was your typical rock and roll star story but perhaps that's just how he had to evolve. I read Steven Tyler's story which is some what similar. I'd like him to write how his life has evolved since this book was written. I think he has so much more to offer.

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Where fact meets fiction

Narrator was excellent. I found the autobiography itself to be embellished and greasy. I am a person who can separate the art from the person, however there's a lot to unpack here.

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meh. what's good?

f@cked up for sure! pretty sure a few things are made up and not true about one of the women in this book?! Harsh kind of life to live. would have preferred the author to be the narrator's voice. how can anyone seriously enjoy this kind of life. I do feel sorry for Brian. sad

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Manson sees the world for what it is

This book was enjoyable, I didn’t want it to end. I feel like I know Marilyn on some sort of personal level now. This book is authentic, raw, and vulnerable! Manson is a very intelligent man and articulates his thoughts well. I highly recommend! This will be a book I come back to and read again. Would be cool if he wrote another book from 1998 onwards!

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Beyond my expectations! Great stories!

The only thing to make this book better is having Marilyn Manson himself narrating (although this narrator had a great soothing quality to his voice).

This was a great sneak peak into what makes MM tick. There were a lot of jaw dropping stories and times where I couldn't stop laughing. I also really loved the testimonies and Affidavit readings. Those were quite a spectacle. Fantastic!

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  • Lou
  • 2017-11-29

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
  • 2018-01-31

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-10

not it chief

the tale of a megalomaniacal douche fresh out of a creative writing class trying to convince the world that he is as deep as he thinks he is

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  • Tommy Russell
  • 2019-01-08

long Hard Read

disappointing... how can this be a best seller? Was hoping for more insight on how MM was signed....with self proclaimed minimal musical talent I would have preferred to learn more about Brian (Mailyn Manson). certainly some of the stories and escapades were entertaining but they seem a bit far fetched and perhaps the strategy of the book for the shock rocker to try to shock the reader.. and for all the bragging of drugs, ducking, girls, guys, satan, murder (yeah right) I would have been more shocked with hearing how he outworked every other band or perhaps his work ethic. lots of details step by step- of his hallucination actions and bad trips -too much detail - not in content but you find your self saying 'C'mon Man'...your tripping your ass off on Acid yet you want us to believe you remember the shirt you were wearing and this detail and that detail....a bit of a reach in my opinion. overall, read a bit like fiction and therefore I was disappointed.

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  • M. Allen
  • 2018-11-07

Terrible, pretentious writing but interesting life

He had a privileged childhood but still stressed how difficult his childhood was. If you think about it, being sick of school and having a few painful breakups is pretty much a standard part of growing up. He'd have you believe he barely made it out alive though. Pretty silly.

I want to stress how pretentious and over written this is. You sort of tune it out after awhile but it's bad. He's a failed writer and it's clear why. He's not a good writer. He's a terrible writer.

He had an interesting life, though. I think I'm so addicted to autobiographies that I've found myself listening to an autobiography of a musician I'm not even a fan of. Interesting listen, though.

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  • Sherry Faircloth
  • 2019-01-18

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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  • Ms. A-Kat
  • 2021-02-28

Vile and disgusting.

The first few chapters about his up bring and childhood were interesting. However this book being written by Manson I shouldn't be surprised how NASTY it got the further in to his career. WARNING This is a dark book.

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  • V. Collins
  • 2021-02-20

I am a huge MM fan, but....

This was freaking terrible. It's hard to believe this was written by such a creative and vivid person. I struggled to finish it, but forced myself. It failed to keep my attention, and it had so many desperate grotesque descriptions in place of actual content. There wasn't much content there at all, I don't even know what I just listened to. The narrator also lacked...something. He sounded like a cliché imitation of MM. If I had the chance, I would not have bought this book. Very disappointing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-25

An annoying and sad read

Don't let the beginning fool you. This book starts with substantial content about a traumatic childhood and the impacts on Manson's upbringing, but quickly degrades into what feels like a teenage smartas* bragging for hours about the things teenage boys would brag about. What I took from the novel is that Manson claimed to have achieved an elevated sense of purpose in modern day society, achieving an objective view of the faults of "flock mentality." Which it sounds like he did. What did he do with his enlightenment? Not a lot, it seems. He shock valued his way to gaining attention, and I don't know if he did anything worthwhile on his journey. Or if he did, it was wildly outweighed by damaging experiences for all those that surrounded him. If you're looking for something completely lacking any substance, and instead wish to listen to someone talk about cocaine and urine for hours, this is the read for you. Condescending for no reason, yet having nothing admirable to prop himself up on (even through his own lens), Manson thrives on being an as*hole so he can push everyone away before they truly see what he is - a broken, insecure person. Based on what he chose to include in this novel (literally only macho puff-up anecdotes), Manson strikes me as someone who never actually figured himself out, and created an alter-ego because he didn't know what else to do with himself. Some nuggets of wisdom and interest, mostly just bs.

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  • PNW Prime
  • 2020-05-04

No new news herein

reviews lead me to believe this was about redemption the road OUT of hell, not why I'm in hell and why I love it sooooo much.

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