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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2001
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
on 25 April 2003
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
on 25 October 2000
A GREAT BOOK THAT HAS TO BE IN EVERY KEEN BIOGRAPHY READERS COLLECTION ALSO A WELL PRESENTED BOOK OF GREAT QUALITY IT TELLS YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MAN AND ALSO THINGS YOU DONT. STARTING WITH HIS NEAR DEATH EXPERIANCE WITH HIS DRUNKEN FATHER AND HIS DETERMINATION TO MAKE IT BIG WHEN NOBODY WAS GOING FOR HIS STYLE OF MUSIC ALSO IT OUTLINES HIS MAJOR FALLOUT WITH WRITER JIM STEINMAN THIS BOOK LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED BUY IT NOW WHILE YOU CAN
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 September 2006
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 1999
While not a literary masterpiece (the style is chatty and sometimes rambling), it is a great read, and not a difficult one. It is almost like having Meatloaf in the room talking to you - you cannot get a word in edgewise as the story races along. I am sure that a lot has been omitted, and maybe the lost bits will form a sequel. Personally, I would have liked a bit more about the various disagreements here and there. For example Karla De Vita's inclusion in the Bat Out of Hell tour rather than Ellen Foley who sang on the Album was dismissed as necessary because Meatloaf needed an actress rather than a singer. As Ellen Foley was apparently Meat's girlfriend at the time of the "Bat" album, presumably this caused a rift - or was the rift there already, and partly responsible for the choice of Karla? Other than some unanswered questions, a thoroughly good read at a cracking pace.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 6 February 2011
`To Hell and Back' is an apt title for this book, in more ways than one. Not only is it a reference to his hit albums, but also to his life. He's had numerous concussions, was picked on because of his size, nearly killed by his alcoholic father. He's battled his own demons, as well as producers, record companies and managers, fallen out with creative partner Jim Steinman, and more. Of course, it's not all bad.

To Hell and Back was first published in 1999, but the book focuses more on Meat Loaf's childhood and life up to the 1980's, with the 90's being cover in just a few pages. An insight into Meat Loaf himself and about as close as some of us will get to the man. He's led an interesting and varied life and has ended up with some great stories to tell...

Meat Loaf was at Parkland Hospital, Dallas when JFK was pronounced dead, he picked up a hitchhiker who turned out to be Charles Manson, met Elvis Presley and John Lennon and didn't know what to say to either of them. He's been on stage, in films and conquered the music industry as well as many other things.

This book is full of photos and stories, some of which you just couldn't make up! I read the book in three sittings, due to it being to the point with short chapters and hard to put down. Meat Loaf has led quite a life. He comes across as honest, hard-working (to the point of it being his downfall at times) and sincere.

I highly recommend this autobiography from one of America's hardest working rock stars and would love to read an updated version.
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