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Research Paper
English 101
April 9, 2003

A Day in the Life on A Long Hard Road:
A Comparative Study of John Lennon and Marilyn Manson
By Me
Artwork by John Lennon and Marilyn Manson

Image: Cover of my college paper showing artwork by John Lennon (top) and Marilyn Manson (bottom) John Lennon was a wonderful person and so is Marilyn Manson. They both have had many articles and books written about them here on our lovely interesting and sometimes dismal planet Earth. They are both very fascinating men, each in his own way. They are certainly both considered socially conscious, and individualists, in the opinion of many people. They are also both peak performers and critical thinkers. John Lennon was a member of The Beatles from approximately 1959 through 1969, when they broke up. He continued to be very popular even after The Beatles were no more, and made many popular albums on his own. Marilyn Manson has a music band currently, named Marilyn Manson, and they have made many interesting albums and have toured all around the world. Both John Lennon and Marilyn Manson, the man, have many positive attributes as well as some negative ones. 
They both wish and wished to make people become aware that there is more to life than mundane ordinary things, and they want to cure people of their closed-minded boundaries. They would also like to see more people become socially conscious thinkers rather than seemingly half-asleep zombies. 

John Lennon tried to do this in his song “Imagine” and many other songs. In this song he imagines this world as a better place. He imagines that there is “Nothing to kill or die for” and he says, “Imagine all the people living life in peace...” He was a dreamer who dreamed that all the people of the world would “wake up,” live with more innocence and live in peace and harmony. He says in his song “Mind Games,” “We’re playing those mind games together / Pushing the barriers, planting seeds / Playing the mind guerilla / Chanting the Mantra peace on earth / We all been playing those mind games forever . . . Raising the spirit of peace and love.” In the following song “Working Class Hero” John Lennon tells the story of a normal, mundane, “American Dream” life.

As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be

When they've tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be

There's room at the top they're telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero, well just follow me

It is mentioned in the book The Beatles by Hunter Davies that John Lennon didn’t want to work for a living, so he went to college. (47) He wanted to play in a band and he did. He wanted to make lots of money and always had that as a goal in his life; and he did make lots of money. He wanted to do only what he really enjoyed doing. His positive thoughts and everything in his life led to him being successful. He did just what he wanted to do. He was extremely pushy, argumentative and bossy when he was young and even later in life. He felt that most people were stupid and closed-minded.
Marilyn Manson (also known as Brian Warner) writes in his song “Great Big White World,” that, “It's a great big white world / And we are drained of our colors. / We used to love ourselves. / We used to love one another.” He, likewise, wants to create improvements in his life and the lives of everyone here on earth. We all know that Brian can be and has been on many occasions very pushy, argumentative, nasty, mean and bossy. Whereas John Lennon points out the unhappiness of living a working-class life in his song above, in the following song “Long Hard Road Out of Hell” Marilyn Manson sings of getting out of the painful, hurtful, mundane, boring, half-asleep existence. He calls it Hell.

I want to fly into your sun
Need faith to make me numb
Live like a teenage Christ
I’m a saint, got a date with suicide
Oh Mary, Mary
To be this young is oh so scary
Mary, Mary
To be this young; I’m oh so scared
I wanna live, I wanna love
But it’s a long hard road, out of hell
You never said forever, could ever hurt like this
You never said forever, could ever hurt like this
Spin my way out of hell, there’s nothing left of this soul to sell
Live fast and die fast too. How many times to do this for you?
You never said forever, could ever hurt like this
I wanna live, I wanna love
But it’s a long hard road, out of hell
I wanna live, I wanna love
But it’s a long hard road, out of hell

Image: Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson) as a boyThroughout his boyhood Brian always imagined himself as a popular rock star. He even, also when he was young, dreamed of himself on a huge stage with many people screaming and singing along with him. His dreams came true and he is a big rock star. In one of his first songs “Lunchbox” he says, “I wanna be a big rock and roll star.” Marilyn radiates and thereby teaches self-confidence, determination and individuality. These are characteristics that lead to success. Marilyn likes to laugh at the people who say that he is evil; it’s not that he thinks he’s not evil; it’s just that he finds humor and enigmas in many things in this world. He dedicates his book, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, to his parents and says at the very beginning of his book, “To Barb and Hugh Warner; may God forgive them for bringing me into this world.”
Image: John Lennon as a boyBoth John Lennon and Marilyn Manson were born to poor families and had difficult childhoods. John Lennon was born to Fred and Julia Lennon in Liverpool, England on October 9, 1940. He was named John Winston Lennon. John’s father was a headwaiter on board steam ships that sailed to many places, including the Mediterranean; John didn’t see much of his father. John’s mother died when John was in his early years of Art College; she was killed in an automobile accident. Brian Warner was born in Canton, Ohio to Barb and Hugh Warner on January 5, 1969 and was named Brian Hugh Warner. Brian Warner’s father was a salesman and was not rich by any stretch of the imagination. Brian was physically and emotionally abused by a next-door-neighbor and bullied by schoolmates when growing up.
Each man has helped others in different ways. John Lennon wanted to “give peace a chance”. He and the other Beatles were taught to meditate by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967. The Beatles were searching for something; John Lennon was searching for a spiritual awakening for himself as well as the world. He also long campaigned for peace, as was mentioned previously.

Last year Marilyn Manson gave of his time to a teenager through the Make a Wish Foundation. Sixteen-year-old Andrew Baines from Tennessee wanted to meet and spend time with Marilyn. Well, he got his wish fulfilled! Andrew flew to Los Angeles and spent many hours in the recording studio with Marilyn. His voice is even recorded on one of Marilyn’s new songs. Marilyn Manson said of this meeting, “Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with Andrew, who reminded me that the things that I create are only made complete by those who enjoy them. I just want to simply say, ‘Thank You,’ to Andrew for sharing such an important wish with me.” 
Both of these men are extremely popular with their fans. John Lennon, being part of the Beatles, had many fans screaming at him when he performed. Following is a quote by a John Lennon fan from the book The Beatles: “When absolutely nothing else in my life was good, I’d go to my room and have the Beatles, especially my darling John. They all furnished something I desperately needed. The sort of rich community I lived in in New Hampshire gave me nothing. I didn’t like school and I didn’t like home. They gave me something to live for when everything was black and depressing.” (Davies 190) In a portion of the video, Marilyn Manson: God is in The T.V., Marilyn Manson is seen with his many fans as countless numbers of them are screaming and crying because they want to talk to him and touch him.
Both men are good artists; not only in their music but in drawing and painting as well. Included at the end of this writing are some works of art by both Marilyn Manson and John Lennon. I hope, you, the reader will enjoy their various and enchanting works of art. (see note below)
They both like getting attention (don’t we all) and sometimes negative attention seems to be better than no attention at all. John would at times become jealous toward his wife Yoko if she wasn’t paying total attention to him. They are both pissed at the world, and they have both been mean to people. John once kicked Yoko when she was pregnant with their son Sean. Another time during a performance at New York City’s Fillmore East he left her on the huge stage alone in a large bag. (Green 65) He would at times go out in the evening and get drunk and pick up a prostitute or two. (Green 40) Marilyn Manson has been known to be nasty to his band members, like the time he lit John Five’s feet on fire. He can also be mean to his fans at times. Marilyn Manson also has been known to get drunk, do drugs and pick up prostitutes.
John Lennon changed his name a bit, from John Winston Lennon to John Ono Lennon in honor of his wife Yoko. Brian Warner created a stage name, Marilyn Manson, to be different and to emphasize opposites. He likes the idea and variety and dichotomy of male and female, positive and negative, and good and evil. He believes this is a reflection of what America is about. He realizes that America puts things like those opposites on the same level; one is just as popular as the other. 
John Lennon was tragically murdered in December of 1980 in New York City when he was only 40 years old. Marilyn Manson, as we all know, is still alive. He may not stay alive for too long if he continues being so controversial. Many people consider him to be a bad influence on our society. He has had many threats on his life.
What would you, the reader, say if someone suggested that Marilyn Manson might someday be as popular and have as much positive influence on our society as John Lennon? Would you consider that a crazy thought? Maybe it is, maybe it’s not.
Here’s an interesting quote from the book Long Hard Road Out of Hell: “[His] music is made by cretinous goons [singing] sly, lewd, in plain fact, dirty lyrics. It manages to be the martial music of every . . . delinquent on the face of the earth. It is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.” -- Frank Sinatra, speaking about Elvis Presley (Manson 245)

Image: John Lennon Image Marilyn Manson

Note: I must have put images of these men's artwork at the end of the original paper. If you want to see artwork by them just do a Google search and most likely you will find something.
All images and artwork on this work is copyrighted material and used without permission, but I think it’s okay for a college paper.

Works Cited

Appleford, Steve.  “Manson Paints!.”  Rolling Stone Magazine. 6 October 2002.
Carpozi, George.  John Lennon: Death of a Dream.  New York: Manor Books, 1980.
Davies, Hunter.  The Beatles: The Authorized Biography.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968.
Goodman, Paul, GROWING UP ABSURD. New York: Random House, 1960.
Green, John.  Dakota Days. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1983.
Hamill, Pete.  “The Death and Life of John Lennon.”  The New York Times.  22 December 1980: 38-40.
Heath, Chris.  “The Love Song of Marilyn Manson.”  Rolling Stone Magazine. 15 Oct. 1998: 36-43.
Hundley, Jessica. “Rocker Has an Artist's Eye.” LATimes.com.  26 Sep. 2002.  Los Angeles Times.  3 Feb. 2003  <http://www.calendarlive.com/cl-wk-hundley26sep26,0,3958170.story>
Lennon, John.  The John Lennon Collection. Perf. John Lennon. Yoko Ono. Columbia House, 1989.
Lennon, John. “Working Class Hero.” John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.  Perf. John Lennon. Ringo Starr. Klaus Voormann. Apple, 1970.
Marilyn Manson: God is in The T.V.  Dir. Marilyn Manson.  Video cassette.  Nothing/Interscope 1999.
Manson, Marilyn, and Neil Strauss.  The Long Hard Road Out of Hell.  New York: Harper Collins, 1998.
Manson, Marilyn, et. al.  Marilyn Manson: Golden Age of the Grotesque: The News. 4 Sept. 2002.  Marilyn Manson. 1 April 2003. <http://marilynmanson.com/grotesque/>.
Manson, Marilyn, et. al.  Marilyn Manson: Golden Age of the Grotesque: Art Galeria. 26 September 2002. Marilyn Manson.  29 March 2003.  <http://www.marilynmansonartworkonline.com/mm.cgi>.
Manson, Marilyn. “Long Hard Road Out of Hell.”  Spawn Sountrack.  Perf. Marilyn Manson. The Sneaker Pimps.  Sony Music/Epic Music. 1997.
Phil Donahue Show.  Dir. ???.  New York City 1993.

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