To Hell And Back

To Hell And Back : An Autobiography

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Meat Loaf's bizarre and spectacular life story is scarcely credible. After surviving an abusive childhood, during which he was almost murdered by his alcoholic father, he starred in one of the biggest stage and film musicals ever, then went on to record the third best-selling album of all time.

To Hell and Back is the true story of a man who ran away from a cruel home life at 17 and starred in the legendary Rocky Horror Picture Show before turning to rock 'n' roll. His first album, Bat Out Of Hell, was considered so uncommercial by his first record label that they dropped him - only for it to go on to sell 20 million copies worldwide. He then spent the 1980s on the skids, with a severe drink and drugs problem and mounting money problems leading him to a nervous breakdown, before making a triumphant comeback with 1993's album Bat Out Of Hell II and colossal hit single 'I'd Do Anything For Love'.

This is an extraordinary story and a classic rock autobiography.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 15mm | 168g
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1x8 b/w + 1x8 colour illustration sections
  • 075350443X
  • 9780753504437
  • 150,385

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'A highly entertaining biography' Record Collector

'Self-effacing is not a word in the Meat Loaf dictionary' NME

Meat Loaf's life story would rival most fiction. His alcoholic father tried to kill him with a butcher's knife; he picked up a hitchhiker who happened to be Charles Manson; and he was recruited for the musical Hair whilst trying to get a job as a car park attendant.

Unflatteringly nicknamed 'Meat Loaf' by his father, nobody pegged this misfit kid to become a rock star - until, that is, his album Bat Out Of Hell sold over 28 million copies and made him a superstar.

And that's when his real troubles began.

To Hell and Back is - like Meat Loaf himself - unique, fascinating and larger than life.
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Review Text

"A rollicking good read"
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"A highly entertaining biography" * Record Collector * "A rollicking good read" * Uncut *
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About "Meat Loaf"

Meat Loaf has co-written his autobiography with David Dalton, who has previously written much-acclaimed biographies of Marianne Faithful, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Sid Vicious.
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333 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 33% (109)
4 36% (121)
3 27% (90)
2 3% (11)
1 1% (2)
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