"Stories are like legal tender in Texas; the stranger the better. It's not that people in Texas are particularly morbid or anything. It's just that they love stories, and the best stories naturally have some bizarre aspect to them." That's Meat's summation of his home state, and a read of To Hell And Back
proves he's a Dallas boy through and through.
It's fantastic to report that this is the huge, bombastic rags-to-riches-back-to-rags-back-to-riches tale that it really should be, with Meat coming across as a thoroughly charismatic madman--with thanks, no doubt, to the homely style and incisive editing of ghost-writer David Dalton. The gothic-styled To Hell And Back is replete with tales of fingerless drummers, arms-dealing managers, and perpetually overdosing lead guitarists, and while Meat seems slightly horrified by his own excesses, even the doldrums are here in gory detail. "I've blacked out the whole thing", says Meat, of laying Mom to rest, "but apparently what I did at the funereal service was pull my mother out of the casket and say they couldn't have her. I actually lifted her into my arms, and people were horrified".
>From the depths of cocaine psychosis, all paid for by the multi-million selling Bat Out Of Hell, Meat pulls back from the brink and when Bat Out Of Hell II makes him a superstar again, even the critics are on-side. "When Rolling Stone reviewed the concert in Madison Square Garden and gave us a rave, I nearly had a heart attack and died. I literally got dizzy, fainted" explains Meat, proudly. Steady on, big guy--what they're saying about To Hell And Back might just spark off a full cardiac arrest. --Louis Pattison
'A rollicking good read....provides some raucous belly-laughter on the dark and proof that inside the gargantuan man there was an even bigger one trying to get out' -- Uncut
'I reckon this is a real dead ringer for the book of the month. Some great anecdotes. Read 'em and weep...' -- Loaded
'Meat Loaf's life beggars belief. He's a living legend, and this is his own spectacular story. Astonishing revelations on how he barely survived a cruel childhood, and returned triumphantly from drink, drugs and a nervous breakdown in the 80's.' -- Publishing News
'To Hell and Back is the completely candid, remarkable story of this larger than life star' -- The Meat Loaf Fan Club
'highly entertaining autobiography...fills out the monster that was Meat Loaf' -- Record Collector