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Not to be confused with "Long Hard Road Out of Hell", the single by Marilyn Manson.
First edition cover of Long Hard Road out of Hell.

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell is the autobiography of Marilyn Manson, leader of the shock rock band Marilyn Manson. The book (written with the help of Neil Strauss of Rolling Stone Magazine), follows Manson's life from when he was a child, and was born as Brian Hugh Warner. It also details his grandfather's sexual fetishes (including bestiality and sadomasochism) to the forming of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, to the recording of Antichrist Superstar. Its last pages are the journal of the band's touring, documenting backstage events and people's reactions. The book itself includes many references to his life of drugs, sex and dysfunctional relationships that led him to where he is now. It also features his journalism works, including an article about a dominatrix he interviewed for 25th Parallel.

The autobiography also goes in-depth into the break-ups amongst the band's history. It follows several members through becoming friends and musicians with the band to angry and sometimes bitter leavings, some band members detested being fired so badly that lawsuits have been filed against Manson by his own crew members.

Along with the book are numerous pictures, some of which are familiar to long-time Manson fans, with the center pages including everything from the Slasher Girls to Manson performing Antichrist Superstar with a Bible in his hand. The book incorporates illustrations from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy, originally drawn by Henry Vandyke Carter. For example the ribcage in the cover image (which also appears in the liner note artwork for Antichrist Superstar) is taken from Gray's Figure 115. [1] Also scattered throughout the pages are documents of such things as girlfriends, legal documents of false claims made by the American Family Association about his shows, and band landmarks, to the rarer, such as Manson with Anton Szandor LaVey.

References

  1. ^ Gray, Henry (1918), Henry Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body (20 ed.), Philadelphia: Lea&Febiger, http://www.bartleby.com/107/illus115.html  







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