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To Hell and Back: the Autobiography of Meatloaf [Hardcover]

D Dalton , "Meat Loaf" , Meat Loaf
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21 Oct 1999
Meat Loaf is a living legend and his story is as bizarre as it is spectacular. He survived an abusive childhood (during which he was almost murdered by his alcoholic father), a drink and drugs period and a nervous breakdown in the 1980s before his triumph on the stage and as a major rock star.

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  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (21 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852278803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852278809
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 13 Sep 2002
Generally, when rock stars write an autobiography, it is little more than a huge ego trip. However, on reading Meat Loaf's autobiography, it is clear that there are very different, moral reasons involved here. Once and for all, he wants to set the record straight about all of the ups and downs of his career, as well as his sordid past.

The writing throughout is excellent, and makes it a joy to read, although this is most likely due in a large way to the talents of Meat Loaf's co-author. Of course, the material itself is incredibly entertaining, and full of incredible facts and information (for example, Meat has had concussion seventeen times). Whether you're a huge fan of Meat Loaf, or even if you hate his guts - this book will give a huge insight into his background and his mind.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
You could not get any closer to Meat Loaf unless you were sitting next to him. A fantasic voyage into the life, of an larger the life Artist. They say everything is bigger in Texas. Meat's life and career would testify to that.
I'd laughed, i'd cried reading this book. A true strugle of a artist trying to get his dream and vision to become a reality. His fight, against the system (The Music Exec's) and his own deamons. This is the ultimate in getting up close and personal with somebody.
It's Deeply honest and very frank, even if you don't like the big man's music, from the first page you can't but this down, this book is a must read.
You'll never regret the day you went into Hell and Back.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an honest account of the big man himself 9 Nov 2001
By A Customer
One of the most honest, thought provoking autobiography's i have ever read. It made me laugh, it made me cry and i just could not put it down. A very moving account of one of the greatest men in music. A definate must read for meatloaf fans and book lovers in general.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Meat Loaf, a man of many vocal registers and apparently, many many stories. He's had an incredible life, even before he became famous. His father once tried to kill him with a butcher's knife, he picked up a crazy hitch hiker called, he found out later, Charles Manson AND he got involved with the JFK assasination.
You don't have to be a fan of his music to like this book, but it helps. Meat focuses on his music but we do learn some interesting showbiz and celebrity tit-bits. For those who aren't a fan don't rule this out as a no-go purchase just yet, think of it as a collection of humourous anicdotes about the music industry. And let it be a lesson to you, NEVER trust your manager!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bat out of Hell for every book shelf... 16 Sep 2006
By Ghost of Kai VINE VOICE
Meatloaf has the kind of life story that grabs you by the neck and doesn't put you down until you've finished reading. Every MeatLoaf fan should have a copy of this book. The way it is written you'd think he was right there telling you the story himself...

It's a wonder why MeatLoaf hasn't updated this in recent years or released an audio book...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Hell and Back: the Autobiography of Meatloaf 25 April 2003
wonderful read could not put it down. lets you see all is not easy on the way to the top and at the top. story of one of the best recordest of our time. strongly recomend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT REVIEW OF A GREAT ENTERTAINER 25 Oct 2000
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Larger than Life Biography 30 Oct 2003
By David A. Nash VINE VOICE
I took this on holiday with me, to read over the week.
Completely gripping, finished it by Tuesday.
The way it is written in his words makes you feel like you know the singer better.
Some things have been uncovered again such like the Guitar Motor Bike in "Bat Out of Hell" but also other things you may not know about ML his presonality which he openly talks about and the strife he went through to get where he is today.
I have more admiration for the guy now that I understand where he comes from. Try not to miss his last tour! (Sheffield 22nd Nov 2003)
He did go on about the concussions a bit too much though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gold
I read this in one sitting I couldn't put it down. A real eye opener of a very talented man.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Been through hell
Probably the worst autobiography I've tried to read. Tried, in that I gave up when the story reaches the Bat Out Of Hell period which should be the most interesting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mike half
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Everything and more! I am a huge fan of Meat Loaf so this book was a must have. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish.
Published 10 months ago by Dean Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars great autobiography
i bought this for my daughter who is a great meatloaf fan and she was delighted with it would recommend
Published 10 months ago by Frank Harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Meatloaf
Fabulous book really enjoyable read,lots of info that I didn't know about him,well worth the money.I would defiantly recommend this book,if u enjoy reading & learning about people... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Terri
5.0 out of 5 stars Meat Loaf Autobiography
Excellent reading from my favourite artist,got me totally engrossed..Would recommend to anyone interested..A good buy at a good price :)
Published 12 months ago by Debra Jane Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars great
bought for a christmas present, came very quickly and was great price too so no complaints, and would defo recommend and buy again x
Published 12 months ago by Linda R
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Read
Meat Loaf appears to be a very private person so this was very interesting to be able to find out a lot of things, its very interesting, I never realised how much of hard life he... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Fiona Bradford
1.0 out of 5 stars For crying out loud, indeed!
I bought this cheap, purely out of curiosity over one phase of Meatloaf history, namely the palaver over "Bad For Good". Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. David Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising stuff
Meatloaf always was a legend, but this book shows just how far that was from the reality and when the world thought he was riding the crest of a wave, he was actually struggling to... Read more
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