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.
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. After several lineup changes and name alterations, the band split up. Greater success was found in the theater, where Meat Loaf landed a part in a new stage musical called Hair.
I also recommend you see the VH1 "Behind the Music" biography on Meat Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman were amazing as a team and this movie . This docudrama starts with MeatLoaf (W. Earl Brown) as a kid growing up in Dallas
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To Hell and Back is the title of the autobiography of rock singer , Meat Loaf. Earl Brown in the title role. Included in the book were references to his drunken father beating him and even trying to kill him, how he once picked up Charles Manson on a highway, how he saw John F. Kennedy land in Dallas , and—upon hearing that Kennedy had been shot—going to Parkland Hospital , seeing Jackie Kennedy coming out of the car, along with Governor John Connally , and describes his fall into alcoholism and depression after the release of the first Bat Out of Hell album in It also describes how he was in New York City when he heard the news of the death of his mother and how he scrounged money for a flight home from his fellow cast in the musical he was appearing in at the time. The television movie version of the book, directed by Jim McBride , is only vaguely faithful to the autobiography itself. Changes which are obvious include showing Meat Loaf as still in Texas—indeed still in high school—when his father comes in, looking sad, and he realizes that his mother has died.
He is noted for his powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and theatrical live shows. However, he has retained iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom, where he received the Brit Award for best-selling album and single, appeared in the film Spice World , and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts as of He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time , with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records. As a result, Aday often stayed with his grandmother, Charlsee Norrod. Meat Loaf relates a story in his autobiography, To Hell and Back , about how he, a friend, and his friend's father drove out to Love Field on November 22, to watch John F. Kennedy land.
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