Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor and painter, known for being the frontman of the band of the same name, of which he is the founder and only stable member.

His stage name was created by combining the name and surname of two iconic American figures of the sixties in order to underline the bizarre dichotomy of society as a criticism and at the same time a praise towards the United States and its culture. His controversial behavior and the controversy due to his lyrics and music videos have led him to have a great impact on the public and the collective imagination.

In 2006, Manson became a benefactor of the Nightlight Project, a Los Angeles foundation that uses short films, music and clothing to provide support to teenagers who have suffered sexual and physical abuse. Manson gave Project Nightlight a booth at the opening of his art gallery and in April 2007 donated a lithograph of his painting The Eve of Destruction.

In December 2007 - after playing and signing a Gibson guitar at a live show in Belgium - he donated the guitar to "Music for Life". The instrument, then sold in an auction on Ebay, allowed the collection of 3000 dollars used to provide healthcare in Africa.