To Hell and Back by Meat LoafThough I cant stand Meat Loaf as a human being, I absolutely go nuts over his music (most of it, anyway). TO HELL AND BACK is one of the most consistently entertaining rock memoirs Ive ever read. It didnt give me any greater appreciation of Meat as a person (the horrible temper, the drugs, the petulance, the fighting), but it did give me a greater appreciation for him as a musician. It turns out the man paid his dues, whereas Id always pictured him as something of an overnight sensation. The story behind his career is fascinating: I cant imagine anyone doing a worse job of dealing with a sudden influx of wealth and fame. And, as Meat Loaf himself admits, he never learns from his mistakes. Just witness his recent meltdown on THE APPRENTICE.
When I saw him in concert a couple years ago, Meat Loaf--eager to blame anyone other than himself--told the audience that he was actually tricked into doing THE APPRENTICE. Nobody was buying it. Meat Loaf then proceeded to antagonize the audience, berate anyone who hadnt purchased his last album, gripe at length about his advanced age, and refuse to finish songs unless the audience sang along as loudly and enthusiastically as he wanted. The company that booked the show later apologized to everyone via Facebook.
Its interesting to note that Jim Steinman, the legendary songwriter who created the BAT OUT OF HELL albums, comes across in this book as being every bit as unprofessional and difficult to work with as Meat. It therefore comes as no surprise that they had a big falling out so short a time after their first album was released. TO HELL AND BACK makes being a musician seem like the most unattractive job in the world. The people in the book all seem to wind up with drug overdoses, nervous breakdowns, prison sentences, or some such thing. After reading it, youll probably never listen to another Meat Loaf album quite the same way again. On the other hand, if youre into the nitty gritty of rock n roll, TO HELL AND BACK is epic stuff.
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The son of Orvis Aday, a police officer, and his wife, Wilma, Meat Loaf it's never been clear as to how he got the nickname had a difficult childhood. His father was a well-known drinker, and it wasn't uncommon that his binges left Wilma placing her son in the care of her mother. These troubled stretches, however, did little to dampen Meat Loaf's ambition. Ignoring his draft notice he'd intentionally gained 60 pounds in an unsuccessful effort to fail his physical , Meat Loaf left Texas and school in for a new life in Los Angeles. There, he found work as a bouncer and started his first band, Meat Loaf Soul.
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