- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: ReganBooks; 1st edition (March 3, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060987464
- ISBN-13: 978-0060987466
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,046 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The stories are deep and disturbing. At times played off as passing anicdotes. And while I was fully engaged into this tale, upon finishing, I was left wondering. This man who had developed a talent for knowing and understanding how to manipulate the emotions of his peers; how much of this biography was true and how much was entertainment? As a fan, I was entertained. As a human, I was disturbed.
This “biography” is just a mishmash of misguided stories, most having to do with the beginnings of his sexual personae and drug use, and a totally un-intelligible account of how he went from Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids to Antichrist Superstar. There is absolutely no cohesive thread here in which to follow his track from obscure little Brian Warner to the themes and thinking that brought us “The Beautiful People.” And this is really a shame because if there’s a shocking, entertaining and thought provoking biography out there to be written, than this is the one…just think of what a serious work this could be under the pen of a real biographer.
I give this two stars mainly for the pictures and narrative art throughout. Also for the ending Chapter 16 in which we get a late 1996, early ’97 tour diary that’s insanely insightful and humorous. Outside of these tidbits, I’d warn buyers to stay away and don’t waste your money…and again this is coming from a fairly serious fan. This work is really only good for thumbing through the photos and/or if you find some time in a bookstore (do they even have those anymore?), reading the tour diary.