Q&A: Marilyn Manson
The shock rocker talks to TIME about love, loss and his eyeliner
By Lauren E. Bohn on May 26, 2009
TIME: Marilyn Manson is not exactly a conformist. From his music — a meat grinder full of electronica, metal and gothic grotesquerie — to his personal traits (because of his nocturnal habits, he was available to speak to TIME only after midnight E.T.), he's managed to confound his critics and fans alike. Is he the satanic Pied Piper of angst-ridden teen nihilists? Or a sly, self-promoting performance artist? Either way, he's long been a lightning rod for controversy, only fueled by his sold-out tours and multiplatinum-selling albums. Now, after taking a yearlong absence from an industry he'd grown to loathe, Manson is back with his seventh album, The High End of Low. He talked to TIME about the economic crisis, the contents of his makeup bag and how living alone for the first time in his life has made him a better person. Or at least, a better Marilyn Manson.