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Like a Bat Out of Hell: The Larger than Life Story of Meat Loaf Hardcover – 16 Nov 2017
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'A passionate, pacey tome you should do anything for a copy of' KERRANG!
In this candid, intimate and definitive biography of rock's larger-than-life legend, the extraordinary story of Meat Loaf is brought up to date by international bestselling author Mick Wall.See all Product description
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I'd think many fans would know as much, if not more information than this author does; I do. Some of his perspectives on both Meat and Jim you may agree with, some may make you frown, some make you angry. Some things are simply incorrect. I felt left with a pervasive sense of Meat being seen by the author as an artist who managed to get rich but never quite reached his potential, or real solid success, and is now a frail old man, washed up and finished, mainly I suspect due to his using a cane and suffering from severe pain following back surgeries when he was in the UK last autumn promoting Steinman's musical . Well, touring may be over, we may or may not see Meat take to the open stage again in some form or other, but he has achieved huge success as a performer for 4 decades, is now concentrating on his acting in films and on TV, and we have not seen the last of him by a long chalk.
But I registered something Wall said about his last interview with Meat in 2016 .. "He didn't know who I was". He portrays himself as one of Meat's friends in the world of music journalism. Perhaps Meat's not greeting him as a well known and appreciated friend last year was put down to Meat being in some imagined doddering dotage, rather than him simply not being quite as close a friend as he fondly believed? That was MY impression and conclusion .. and this book is mostly the writer's impressions and conclusions, so I feel OK making mine, and frankly I caught a whiff of sour grapes.
I wouldn't want someone to buy this thinking it would be like To Hell and Back, would contain information they couldn't readily access on the internet, or that it would have thoughts and quotes from Meat given to the author recently and specifically FOR this book .. which I thought we'd get and was looking forward to. So, a big, big disappointment. Meat deserves more respect.
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I look forward to reading the print version of this when it's finally released in the U.S., and I'll write a review of that as well.