Marilyn Manson in Bowie tribute: songs are ‘a love letter I could never have written’

Manson wrote on Bowie changing his life for Rolling Stone

Marilyn Manson has written a moving tribute to David Bowie, who died after an 18-month battle with cancer yesterday (January 10).

In the brief article penned for Rolling Stone, Manson describes how Bowie’s music changed his life, talking in particular on how Bowie helped him communicate his own feelings to others.

Manson wrote: “Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written.

“It has become and remains a soundtrack to a movie he painted with his voice and guitar.

“He sang, ‘Hope, it’s a cheap thing.’

“I don’t need hope to know that he has found his way to the place that equals his untouchable, chameleon-genius beauty. The black star in space, that only HE belongs.

“This crushing moment of fear and loss can only be treated the way his music has affected everyone who was fortunate enough to hear and love it.”

Manson also writes about the moment he first expanded his Bowie listening to ‘Diamond Dogs’, and how it filled him with a sense of awe.


Bowie passed away yesterday following an 18 month battle with cancer. He released his latest album ‘Blackstar’ last week (January 8) on his 69th birthday.

An official statement, published on Bowie’s Facebook page, reads: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Today, amid tributes, Germany has thanked Bowie for his contribution to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rough Trade have promised to donate profits on Bowie album sales to a cancer charity throughout January, and Brian Eno has talked about a last email from Bowie being – in hindsight – a moving goodbye.

Listen to fans react to Bowie’s death in Brixton, below: