Marilyn Manson on post-Columbine death threats and Hunter S. Thompson being the worst possible father figure in the best way

Marilyn Manson, even more than one of his inspirations, Alice Cooper, has become a lightning rod of controversy for his provocative lyrics and visual style. The guy had an album called Antichrist Superstar, after all, and he's been fairly open about his drug use, what more conservative members of society might call deviant sexual behavior, and his unapologetic in his critique of what really is sick in our culture. He has also put on some of the most entertaining live shows of anyone in the history of popular music.

See also: - Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie at 1STBANK Center, 10/2/12 - Rob Zombie on Pee-wee's Playhouse, and how he's not on tour to party and to fuck around

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.