The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell

by Marilyn Manson

HarperCollins | April 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell is rated 4.72222222222222 out of 5 by 36.

The best-selling autobiography of America’s most controversial celebrity icon, Marilyn Manson (with a bonus chapter not in the hardcover).

In his twenty-nine years, rock idol Manson has experienced more than most people have (or would want to) in a lifetime. Now, in his shocking and candid memoir, he takes readers from backstage to gaol cells, from recording studios to emergency rooms, 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. Illustrated with dozens of exclusive photographs and featuring a behind-the-scenes account of his headline-grabbing Dead to the World tour.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 0.72 in

Published: April 15, 1999

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060987464

ISBN - 13: 9780060987466

Found in: Composers and Musicians

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A disturbing but great read!! I've been a fan of Marilyn Manson for years, and thought he would never shock me anymore than he already has over the years. I was wrong. This book is a roller coaster of disgust and heart break. As absolutely putrid as some chapters are, they always leave you hungry for more. I thought about putting the book aside several times due to how stomach turning some areas of the book are, but I am so glad I stuck it through. The last two chapters are my favorite, absolute heart wrenching and triumphant. This is a brilliantly written book, props to Manson and Strauss!
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Is Really Good I have both the paperback and Kobo editions of this book, and I must say that it is good. Really good. Granted, as an autobiography, it's a little bit outdated, having been written somewhere after the Portrait of an American Family-Smells Like Children albums and the Antichrist Superstar album (more towards Antichrist, I would say). Since then, Manson has released a number of fantastic albums (Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood [In The Shadow of the Valley of Death], The Golden Age of Grotesque, Eat Me Drink Me, The High End of Low, Born Villain, and 2015's The Pale Emperor which was released on January 20th). This was written during Manson's primarily shock-centred act, so this book is quite crude and has a lot of stuff in it designed - as only Manson would dare to do - to shock and outrage any parents or Christians who would happen to get their hands on that book. It's a very candid look at the difficult life of a man named Brian Warner, and it gives a little bit of insight to the mysterious trilogy of albums that he had been working on at that time (Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood [In The Valley of the Shadow of Death], although not necessarily in that order). He spares no details as he shares the good, the bad and the ugly of his life. It is not for the faint of heart! It would be given an "R" rating if books were given ratings, but it is oh so worth it, especially if you're already a fan!
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Although I don't agree with every point if view Manson has, it was very interesting and sometimes funny to look at life through his eyes. I was intrigued at the level of outrage his band endured. I know he is shrouded in controversy, however didn't realize the lengths people would go to, to prevent freedom of speech if they didn't agree with it. Makes you kidding d if hate the general public. However I am sure a part of me already did. Worth the time.
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yowza! I, like many others when first picking up this book, was intrigued, perplexed, terrified, interested and confused about Marilyn Manson. Who is he as a person? What drives him? What's it like to be part of his inner circle? Now after reading this I understand the man a little more than I did once before. I'm not saying I agree with most of his antics or M.O but I understand where he's coming from and why he does what he does. I found that I have some of the same ideologies and values as he does. He's a brilliant storyteller and deep down (if you look past the makeup and past the theatrics) he's just like the rest of us. It seems that all he wants to do is be accepted and to make a change in the world.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining page turner Marilyn Manson is not only the most controversial rock star of our time, he is actually smarter than you think and he most definitely knows how to tell a story. From the early days of The Spooky Kids to their most infamous album Antichrist Superstar, from the various hook ups he had with different girls to his obsession with Fiona Apple, this autobiography shows you a more personal side of Manson. But it's not for the fainthearted and close minded bigots because it's filled with filthy jokes, blasphemous statements and shocking truths. You either love him as a modern day antihero or hate him for his shocking antics. There is no such thing as in between in Marilyn Manson's dictionary.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Out of all the books I have read about Marilyn Manson, this one is by far the one that I found the most entertaining and enjoyable. I have re-read this book so many times I could not possibly keep count. A must have for any Manson fan!
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Newly Found Bible This book is amazing. I've read it 4 times now. It was so hard to put down the first time i started reading it. All the chapters were so outstanding and well written. It really put you inside the story.
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! WOWWW. This book is absolutely insane. I'll just say this: if you can make it through the first chapter without throwing up (no, seriously) then you should be good to go. Before reading this book, I knew Manson was a great guy, because of interviews and praise from other people, but by reading his autobiography, you actually understand that he's a really decent guy, and deserves a lot of respect.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I've always been a fan of Marilyn Manson so obviously i was gonna read his book.i wasn't sure what to expect. All in all i thought this was a really good book,i enjoyed reading it the whole way through except towards the end,i thought it started getting boring and repetitive. i know its not Manson's fault,at a certain extent he obviously couldn't write anymore,but i was glad the book was finally over,he dragged on at the end for too long.
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing, but hard to put down!!! I was totally intruiged by this book. As a person who has had blame put upon him because of his art, appearance & views, but yet so eloquently puts forward his opinions & thoughts I was totally amazed to read about his childhood, his relationship with god & his grandfather!! Not for the feint of heart, but for a music lover like myself an absolutely gripping read!
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I'm not a fan of Marilyn Manson, but I am also very open minded and figured it worth a shot. I wasn't impressed. It took me a while to get through & I couldn't wait to finish it so I could start another. A few good chapters, but nothing I would recommend.
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Life of Brian Warner I couldn't put this book down...i'm glad my friend recommended it! Brian had truly gone through some dysfunctional times....and probably still does. This book kept me intrigued, saddened, and disturbed all at the same time.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review I didn't know what to expect when I first picked up this book. I knew little about Marilyn Manson, and yet I was intrigued. I experienced many emotions as I read ... horror, sympathy, sadness, anger ... Mason painted a picture of a disturbed yet highly intelligent individual. I commend him for having the courage to send clear messages about society and it's hypocrisy. At the same time, I'm disgusted by certain aspects of Manson's personal and professional life (particularly in the early stages of his band's development). Overall, the book was well written. That being said, I believe that cutting certain parts out would have been beneficial. I found myself skimming through several chunks of writing, such as the chapter on dreams. It just didn't seem relevant to the story, and wasn't of any interest to me. Nonetheless, if you would like to get a more personalized view of how Brian Werner became the Marilyn Manson we know today, I'd recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly candid, and increadibly interesting... Being, myself, a rabid manson fan, you would expect me to enjoy it. Of course i did, but i wasn't to in tune with his mind and his actual intelligence prior to reading it. This book is shockingly candid and incredibly interesting to say in the least...His life and Ozzy Ozbournes' have been compaired,( whos childhood was more.. tramatic you could say, to name one), but, there isnt a comparison between the two. Manson, whom i know, used O,O as an outlet into the industry, is an astounding artist, and can actually still be controversial. Sorry "Ozfans". The book yes does go into his childhood, but also reveals why he is who he is today. Also the novel, tells about his magnum opus, 'Antichrist Superstar'. That is all i will tell you about this astounding work of art,, Read on Mansonites,, Read on....
Date published: 2007-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manson's fabulous! I couldn't put this book down for a second. It was just so good. The whole book is pretty graphic like himself, sp if you dont like that kinda of stuff, I still recomend it to you. It's a really interesting book, I loved his brutally honest thoughts on everything. I hope he comes up with a newer up-to-date one.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! Even if you don't like his music, he is a smart and insightful man who's life and views on life are (not so) beautifully displayed in this book. If you've ever wondered what's up with that Marilyn Manson guy you should definetely pick this one up.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly insightful The book is so well written, taking into account every detail and key events that leave you hanging at the edge of your seat wanting to know "how did he overcome that?" or "how did he get out of that situation?" The book is a must read for any Marilyn Manson fan, and is even great for people who do not actually listen to his music. I love that it was written by him, not by some other guy who doesnt know his mind. It not only explains his views on the Church of Satan, the paradox of human emotion, drug addiction and deviant behaviour... but also gives insight into the truely brilliant mind of this musical pioneer and almost philosopher.
Date published: 2006-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the manson view this book is exellent it gives you a real view into the life and times of marilyn manson. it is in depth and out of the ordinary a true classic.
Date published: 2005-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Visual This book was sooo detailed. It felt like you were not only reading it but you were experiancing the same events as Manson. I also think it made it that much better because HE wrote it himself, it wasn't some guy retelling it by Manson's quotes from early magazines. I think Manson should do another book because so much has happened since then, if he did i would buy it right away. I don't think anybody can sit there and write not enough info beause there was plenty. Any fan of Manson would really enjoy this book. Even if your not a real big fan its good to read it to see the backround of how his opinons of Christianity formed and his attitude was built over the years. Another thing i love about this book is at the end it shows all the false rumors and what not. Overall i think this is a VERY good book.
Date published: 2005-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Marilyn Manson is the most amazing artist that i have ever heard i really enjoyed the biography...it was amazing..
Date published: 2005-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MARILYN MANSON... marilyn manson is the most brilliant, creative man there is. This book is well written and the fan will enjoy it. Despite all the lies about Marilyn Manson, he manages to stun us. i LOVE marilyn and i beg you to check this book out...
Date published: 2005-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome This has got to be the best book i've ever read, you learn sooo much in it. i think it was awsome
Date published: 2005-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book. This was a really good book. Its co-written by Manson himself as well. Everything you would possibly want to know about Manson (up until about 2000/2001) is in this book, as well as a tour journal and personal photos from his childhood.
Date published: 2005-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Work Of A True Rocker WOW....that about sums it up, if you are a fan of Marilyn Manson then get this book and read it. It is a pure work of art, a masterpiece in its own right. It portrays him in no way anyone has ever seen him before. Pure Greatness.
Date published: 2004-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ARE YOU A FAN? It's a biography of the man himself. Except i loved how it is not told like a classic bio. It's like a novel you can't put down...something will make you want more on every page. You are definitely not a fan until you have read this book from front to back more than once!
Date published: 2003-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! This was definately the greatest book I have read, to date. I always liked Manson's music but I never really understood him. Anyone that reads this book will definately have a new found respect for the guy, wether you like him or not. It opened my eyes more to other viewpoints and I must say that I agree with pretty much everyone Manson states in this book. A Must read for anyone who likes to expand thier minds, because this book will definately do that, and more!
Date published: 2001-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long Hard Road out Of Hell I have been interested in Marilyn Manson's music for the past few years . People harass me now in highschool on a daily bases and I always thought absolutly noone knew what it was like to be in my shoes . Marilyn Manson , being a genius , highschool mascott , in the "Loser" group at his highschool and having noone in the world to talk to and noone to understand him became what was not close to expected by his peers . He is a GREAT rock artest , with a book out and the papers constantly talking about him . His book made me so proud to know someone out there was like me after all . If he wasn't taken by Rose McGowen I would be the first one in line to swoop him off his feet because he means so much to me . I hope he is always the kind , outspoken individual he made of himself . Don't diss those unless you give yourself a chance to know them first . What you do to a person will go back to you 2 times stronger than what you dished out .
Date published: 2001-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Antichrist A very inspiring book, written by Mr. Manson himself. This book tells alot about Manson and is a great read for all the discriminating people who started the rumours.
Date published: 2000-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mirror Image If you have nothing going for you right now and need something to turn to than I advise you to read this book!!It made me realize that Im not alone!!,and their is people out their going through the same thing,as I am.The problem today in society is discrimination and stereotyping...But if you just sit down and listen/read about what Marilyn Manson has to say.You would have a different perspective on him.Please from the bottom of my soul do not discriminate or even stereotype anyone before hearing him or(us) out!!Thankyou for your time and patiences!!
Date published: 2000-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long hard road out of hell This book was the first autobiagraphy I had ever read in the time, I got this book as soon as it came out with the hard cover, and being a fan of marilyn manson, read it in less then a week (now for me thats a great accomplishment) I loved this book, and made me enjoy Marilyn Mansons music even more, I can't wait for the new cd.
Date published: 2000-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from why do people say... i just wanted to say that, this was truly a great and inspiring book! it's the best, and i can not understand why people say, and blame marilyn manson, for all the tradigy that goes around, just like everyone else marilyn manson is a human being, and has many fans who supposrts him, i say this, for my best friend gwen, shes his number 1 true fan! and we love him, and think that he rocks, and we all support him!
Date published: 2000-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldnt Put it Down The book was very well written, and provided insight into brain and who he really is. Yeah realize how incredibly intelligent he is, and how terrible his life has been, at some points disturbing, and at some, fascinating. Any true manson fan, or anyone just interest in him will throughly enjoy this book....
Date published: 2000-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Awesome book and written with dynamics. I read it within a few hours and was captivated by it.
Date published: 1999-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what you'd expect.. If you've ever faced adversity then you will relate to this book. A twisted example of how society and media can warp an individual--and provide an outlet for salvation. This book will affect you. It makes you appreciate your existence. It made me feel as though it didn't matter the mistakes I might make, because I can always save myself. No matter how far into Hell you go, you can always come back from it. If I wasn't a fan of Marilyn Manson before, I am now.
Date published: 1999-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The man behind the black paint This book was truly amazing. It was an insight to who Brian Warner aka.(Marilyn Manson) really was. from his christian school life, to the dungeons of hell..he has realized a book to blow you away.
Date published: 1999-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever! This book was so good. It is an excellent book for Marilyn fans and also for Marilyn haters. It describes his life and why he is the way that he is. It will help people to understand the way he really is.
Date published: 1999-07-15

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The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell

The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell

by Marilyn Manson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 0.72 in

Published: April 15, 1999

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060987464

ISBN - 13: 9780060987466

From the Publisher

The best-selling autobiography of America’s most controversial celebrity icon, Marilyn Manson (with a bonus chapter not in the hardcover).

In his twenty-nine years, rock idol Manson has experienced more than most people have (or would want to) in a lifetime. Now, in his shocking and candid memoir, he takes readers from backstage to gaol cells, from recording studios to emergency rooms, 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. Illustrated with dozens of exclusive photographs and featuring a behind-the-scenes account of his headline-grabbing Dead to the World tour.

About the Author

Marilyn Manson has more than 450 scars, not counting emotional ones.

From Our Editors

To some he's messianic and to others he's diabolic. He's Marilyn Manson, a rock star and agent provocateur. He's also a writer of his own story, an account that traces his rise to the top of the charts to a past life as a nervous Christian schoolboy. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell features exclusive tour photos and behind-the-scenes anecdotes fans will appreciate. Manson, whether you like his music or not, bravely sets down his story in print for judgement of his worthiness as musician and icon.

Editorial Reviews

"Nothing short of captivating in all its intentional, over-the-top bad taste." (Edge)