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To Hell and Back Paperback – October 3, 2000
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music business as well as his not-so-mundane commonman existance. He succeeds in cementing his image as one of "everyman"--he tells his tale as if he's popped over for a brewski or is killing time with the other parents between Little League innings. There's something unique, endearing and overall consistant, this from the Meatloaf character. Being a huge fan since the 1977 release of "Bat Out Of Hell", I found the book at the week it came out, read half of it in the store and the rest of it before leaving the parking lot. I found it very readable, impossible to put down and a great assist in chronologising various aspects, rumours and reports from the past 20+years. There were two things that did bug me about the book, however. The first being the lack of photo identification. It was an erroneous assumption that the text provides adequate names and dates to faces and events--photo credits are all the reader has to go on--details and background surrounding each would have enhanced the already homey nature of the text. The second complaint I have (and I'll acknowledge this comes to an extent out of my devotion to Jim Steinman) is this underlying tone throughout which seems to be Meat coming to grips with his relationship with Jim Steinman.Read more ›
However, there were a couple of things about this book that could've been improved, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. For instance, there are many pictures in the book (always a plus) but none of them have captions! Half the time I couldn't tell what the hell the picture was supposed to be showing. Also, the book focuses relatively little on the Bat Out of Hell II album, the only song it really says anything about is "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)". I wish he would've went in-depth on that album like he did with the first Bat. Also, it doesn't say anything about Meat's plans for the future in music. This is somewhat disappointing considering that we've heard relatively little from Meat Loaf after Bat Out of Hell II was released 7 years ago. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on a third Loaf/Steinman collaboration...Read more ›
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"The world has seen a lot of rock stars, but never one quite as Meat Loaf. With his operatic voice, his theatrical delivery, his impressive girth, and his unlikely moniker, he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald B. Bell
Held my interest. But then I always was a fan of Meat Loaf. Makes you think that there is always a hell of a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great singer, terrible writer, interesting/maybe made up stories, all around fun.Published 18 months ago by Charly
This book arrived in a timely manner and was in very good shape. It ived had a plastic cover on it protecting it. I am very happy with the purchase.Published 21 months ago by Deborah Lynch
when you think you wanna know more about an idol, be sure you can handle the unexpected. Autobiographies can be pretty raw. Good book and a great artist!Published on January 1, 2014 by Valerie, Ohio
Like other reviewers said, this reads like Meatloaf is sitting at a table with you just telling stories of his life. Some are funny, some are very sad. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Petsitter