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To hell and back : an autobiography
Meat Loaf (Vocalist), 1947-
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New York : Regan Books, 1999.
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285 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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"poor fat marvin can't wear levi's!"a radio advertisement boomed as a 240-pound seventh grader named Marvin Lee Aday shuddered in humiliation. Parents said he was "too fat" to play with their children, and his classmates picked on him, even ganging up to lock him in a storage box. Unflatteringly nicknamed "Meat Loaf" by his alcoholic father, prone to getting concussions (seventeen in all), and drawn to musical theater, no one pegged this misfit kid to become a rock star. That is, until he recorded the third best-selling album of all time.

In To Hell and Back, Meat Loaf reveals his amazing story--a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches life that would rival most fiction. As a boy, he had to face down lowlifes straight out of Deliverance in order to fetch his drunken father out of gutbucket saloons--the same father who would later try to kill him with a butcher knife. He was at Parkland Hospital when JFK was declared dead, picked up a hitchhiker who happened to be Charles Manson, got recruited for the musical Hair while trying to get a job as a parking attendant, and starred in a movie that became the biggest cult film of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. From there, he collaborated with Jim Steinman to make a record called Bat Out of Hell, which went from being laughed at and rejected by every music executive in the industry to selling more than 28 million copies and launching Meat Loaf into international superstardom. Meat's story would be incredible if it stopped right there. But that's just the beginning.

The heights to which Meat had soared were matched only by the depth of his plunge back into the abyss. In a swirl of devious managers, drugs, lawyers, guns, money, nervous breakdowns (including the psychosomatic loss of his voice), and more lawsuits than he could count, Meat Loaf lost it all. He was bankrupt, his relationship with best friend and collaborator, Jim Steinman, turned ugly, and his wife, having a nervous breakdown of her own, was considering a divorce.

But the hardest-working man in rock and roll would not stay down. Returning to his family he set out with them to conquer the world again, club by club and through word of mouth--a struggle that culminated in a reunion with Steinman, the Grammy Award-winning release of Bat out of Hell II, and a return to the limelight. Illustrated with dozens of previously unpublished photographs, Meat Loaf's story is--like Meat Loaf himself--larger than life.

Author Notes

David Dalton is the award-winning author of biographies on such pop icons as James Dean, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison. His most recent book is El Sid: Saint Vicious. He is medium-sized.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Bat out of Texas
Bat Out of Texasp. 5
The Vo-di-o-do Girlsp. 9
Trailerless Trashp. 24
Houdini and Mep. 25
What You Might Call a Little Accident Pronep. 27
Meat Loaf, the Christmas Burglarp. 28
Death and Texasp. 30
The Time We Almost Became Millionairesp. 32
Poor Fat Marvin Can't Wear Levi'sp. 33
How I Got My Namep. 35
Larger Than Lifep. 36
Four Songsp. 37
Paper Plates and Plastic Knivesp. 40
Prodigal Sonp. 43
Love Fieldp. 44
Early Halloweenp. 47
She Was Wearing No Underwearp. 49
I Can't Get No Satisfactionp. 54
Godillap. 56
My Favorite Concussionsp. 57
Cars and Bars and Loop-de-loopsp. 59
The First Man from Marsp. 60
Hey, That's My Ear!p. 62
Boot Campp. 66
Part 2 Shakespeare, grand funk railroad, eddie the brain-dead 30mbie, and general ulysses s. grant
I'll Tell You Why I Left Texasp. 73
I Lose My Mom and My Dad Tries to Kill Mep. 76
Is There a Problem, Officer?p. 81
This Drummer's Got No Fingersp. 83
You Wanna Meet a Beach Boy?p. 85
Under the Boardwalkp. 86
They're All Crazy!p. 88
Four and a Half Hours with Live Hogs!p. 91
With a Little Help from My Friendp. 92
The Worst Advice I Ever Gavep. 94
96 Tearsp. 97
Fifty Dollars Plus Tipsp. 101
Just a Legal Thingp. 104
It's Either You or the Jackson Fivep. 106
Apples! Bananas!p. 108
How Do I Look in My Pimpmobile?p. 110
If I Had a Gun in My Hand I Would Shoot Youp. 113
Go for the Maniacp. 116
As You Like Itp. 119
Steinman and Mep. 125
Improvisationp. 127
The Piano Just Keeled Over and Died, Ma'amp. 128
Meat Loaf Is in the Detailsp. 130
But Where Is Dr. Frankenfurter?p. 132
In the Nude with Raquel Welchp. 136
An RKO Productionp. 140
Coming Attractionsp. 144
Wrong Forkp. 146
Part 3 Bat out of hell
Steinman's Brainp. 151
I Was John Belushi's Doublep. 154
Purgatoryp. 156
Reno Sweeneyp. 159
Earlp. 161
Meeting the Arch Fiendp. 162
Getting Bat Out of Hellp. 163
Phantom Blondep. 165
Okay, You Want a Motorcyclep. 167
All Mixed Upp. 168
Um, Jim, What Do You Think We Should Call This Album?p. 170
Is There Anyone Left Who Can Fuck?p. 171
The Meat Loftp. 178
Those Kids Are Here to See Youp. 180
The Momentp. 184
They Don't Make Hotel Walls the Way They Used Top. 188
They're Playing Our Songp. 190
Stolen Wordsp. 191
How I Got In the Baseball hall of Fame (Sort Of)p. 196
How I Got to Be Larger Than Lifep. 198
Now I Know Why Sinatra Slugged That Guyp. 201
And Then the Trouble Startedp. 203
I Am God! You Are Fools!p. 204
Aftermathp. 206
Dr. Frankenstein's Revengep. 208
Where Have You Been for the Last Three Hundred Years?p. 209
Part 4 Paradise lost
Play It Again, Samp. 219
And the Lord Taketh Awayp. 224
Life Goes On (Sort Of)p. 226
You've Got to Become One with the Batp. 228
Meat: The Dark Sidep. 230
Total Megalomaniap. 232
Meat Loaf to the Power Twop. 235
Our First Day in Hellp. 238
Bad Attitudep. 247
The Death of Wells Kellyp. 248
Arrest that Moviep. 249
Your Life Sucksp. 252
Blind Before I Stopp. 255
I'm Not an Appliancep. 257
The Good Guysp. 261
What Is This, 1968?p. 262
Mom-and-Pop Rock and Rollp. 264
Sheik of Arabyp. 266
Larcenous Priests and Anarchy in the U.K.p. 268
Bat IIp. 272
Happy Bobp. 278
I Vanished into Thin Airp. 280
Lose the Palm Treesp. 284
Escape From Hellp. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 287
Photo Creditsp. 288