Few personalities in the annals of rock music stirred up as much controversy and confusion over their true nature than goth provocateur Marilyn Manson. A devout nonconformist from his early days as a Christian school student, Manson and an early incarnation of his band attracted the attention of industrial rock icon Trent Reznor, who produced their debut album Portrait of an American Family in 1994. Following the dirge-like cover of The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"on the EP Smells Like Children Manson broke into the mainstream with his anthem "The Beautiful People" on the 1996 smash Antichrist Superstar. And while his entire act had been built upon the persona of the shunned outsider, even Manson was unprepared for the cultural panic that followed in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, as pundits across the nation attempted to make a scapegoat of Manson and the supposed sinister influence of his gruesome brand of entertainment. Nearly as intriguing was the near constant parade of raven-haired beauties that went in and out of the androgynous Manson's life, including actress Rose McGowan and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. As the singer flirted with acting in films like "Party Monster" (2003), Manson's once incendiary antics gradually became almost passé and a corresponding lack of support for such albums as 2009's The High End of Low followed. Try as he might have to resist being labeled, even Manson had difficulty escaping the confines of the image he, himself, had created.