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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsam, informativ, aber eben autobiographisch...
Ich hatte mir das Buch vor einiger Zeit bestellt und jetzt im Urlaub die Gelegenheit, es durchzulesen. Obwohl das Buch eben auf Englisch ist, lässt es sich leicht lesen, da sich auch unbekannte Vokabeln fast immer aus dem Zusammenhang ergeben. Zugleich ist der Schreibstil derart erzählerisch, dass man das Gefühl hat, einen Roman zu lesen. Das gefiel mir...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A small book from a big man
Surprisingly, this is a small -- and not too impressive -- book from a big man. Written in a roughly chronological but too scattershot style, the book is riddled with typos and misinformation that clutter things further. I like Meatloaf as much as the next guy but. . .
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unterhaltsam, informativ, aber eben autobiographisch..., 21. August 2005
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: To Hell And Back: An Autobiography (Taschenbuch)
Ich hatte mir das Buch vor einiger Zeit bestellt und jetzt im Urlaub die Gelegenheit, es durchzulesen. Obwohl das Buch eben auf Englisch ist, lässt es sich leicht lesen, da sich auch unbekannte Vokabeln fast immer aus dem Zusammenhang ergeben. Zugleich ist der Schreibstil derart erzählerisch, dass man das Gefühl hat, einen Roman zu lesen. Das gefiel mir besonders, weil man mit dem Lesen gar nicht aufhören kann. Zugleich gibt es viele witzige Details in em Buch zu entdeclen, zum Beispiel, dass ML über 17 Unfälle mit Kopfverletzungen erlitten hat. WIe diese Zustande kommen, wird im Buch sehr lustig und mit einer gewissen Ironie dargestellt. Oder man erfährt, dass Jim Steinman (Bat out of hell stammt aus seiner Feder) doch ein sehr merkwürdiger Charakter. Ihm wurden zum Beispiel sämtliche Songs gestohlen, die er mit Meat nach BAT 1 aufnehmen wollte etc. Mehr möchte ich hier auch nicht erzählen. Allerdings haben mir ein paar Sachen doch wenig gwefallen, wie zum Beispiel, der äußerst lange Part aus Meats Jugend, da mich vor allem die Albumentstehung und seine Wiederkehr mit BAT 2 interessierte. Letzteres kommt leider etwas zu kurz und wird auf wenigen Seiten abgehandelt. Zugleich erzählt Meat zwar seine schlimme Zeit in und nach seinem Absturz doch offen und ehrlich, allerdings bekommt man das Gefühl vermittelt, dass er das Thema doch möglichst schnell abhandelt und einfach nicht alles erzählt. Aber das ist eben bei einer Autobiographie so. Leider.
Fazit: Alles in allem eine sehr gut zu lesende Biographie, die einem interessante Einblicke hinter die Kulisse des Giganten Meat Loaf und seiner Musik mit Steinman erlaubt. Dennoch kommen manche Passagen zu kurz, die sehr interessant gewesen wären. Daher auch nur 4 Sterne. Aber für Meat Loafs Fans ein Muss, und diejenigen, die ihn für einen durchgeknallten Fleischklops halten, sollten ebenfalls einen Blick riskieren, um sich ein neues verständnisvolleres Bild zu machen!
Trotz Kritikpunkte auf jeden Fall empfehlenswert!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Back Into Hell, 23. Dezember 1999
If Meatloaf's voice finally falters or if Jim Steinman should find permanent greener collaborating pastures, all should not be lost for one of the year's best storytellers. Meatloaf never has pursued fame by filling conventional stereotypes be it rockstar, actor, sex symbol or in this turn, author. Yet in a quirky, not-by-the-book book, he delivers anecdotes and chronicles the fates and fortunes that have risen and fallen before him in the glittery, treacherous realms of theatre and the
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. At times he seems to be defensive, at others he seems to be seeking redemption and one gets the feeling that Meat's out to convince himself and the world he doesn't need him in the least. And ultimately events have transpired, consequence have happened and in the aftermath all is just. Trouble is, Meat sees his career through the eyes of a performer, not a composer(which may also be part of what motivated him to write an autobiography). By viewing events so inevitably, he still misses the point as to why Steinman was so peeved when his name was lost on the album's main bill and just how close Steinman came to seeing his entire legacy dissolve into obscurity. Meatloaf's continued perplexity over Jim's bitterness throughout the years is annoying. But then, the creatures in Meatloaf's vistas, especially the ones in music, ARE complex and perplexing. Precisely how we'd expect "everyman" to perceive them--and given that, Meatloaf fared impressively overall.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Like a BAT OUT OF HELL, 21. Juni 2000
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This is a fast read! The subject is interesting, and it reads like a Cinderella rock-n-roll dreams come true story...only to come back down to Earth in the third act! Meatloaf presents us with a good view of his life, how his music came about, and why him and Jim Steinman make such a good team. Lots of anecdotes that will satisfy any Meatloaf fan (like when he meets Charles Manson). But I can't help but notice that short shrift is given to "the bad days" of drugs and marital strife. They keep the tone light and breezey! This is not a tell-all expose, but more of what you could imagine getting if you sat down across the table from Meatloaf and asked "How did you get here?" So from a fan's viewpoint...this is a treat and a rare opportunity. But those who want the dirt, I'd say you need to find another source. Lots of pictures by the way! And the book is well designed! So it looks great out on the coffee table -- seriously. Most interesting passages seem to deal with the BAT OUT OF HELL sessions where Meatloaf and Jim Steinman spend months trying to convince ANYBODY that this is a good album and needs to be released. Shows you how ignorant the record companies can be at times. Think of all the "suits" smacking their heads after the album became a smash. And then the unreal expectations of the performers after the whole BAT craze...searching for another hit! It's a common drama in rock-n-roll, so definitely a great choice!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen My wife's review, 13. Juli 2000
My wife loves Meatloaf and read the book in three days. She said she wishes that Meatloaf would write more books and would go into more details in this book. She wanted to know more about what was behind some of the songs. But loved that book very much!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen To Hell And Back, 29. September 1999
To Hell And Back Finally, we Meat Loaf fans can take an in depth look at our beloved Rock icon! Meat shows not only his talent as a storyteller, but shines with his wit and unquenched spirit in light of some pretty nasty circumstances! This book...this man's life..is the ultimate 'don't give up no matter what' story. We've all had hints of that, but you don't realize everything...you don't know everything...until you sit down and read this book. With some distance now, (but obviously still effected by the events) Meat is able to relate the circumstances of his childhood and his struggle as a young actor/musician, talk of his early fame and inability to cope, and finally of his triumphant return. This is an inspiring book, told in such a wonderful way that you will feel like Meat is sitting at the kitchen table with you, telling you these stories over spring water!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Great Storyteller, 29. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Finally, we Meat Loaf fans can take an in depth look at our beloved Rock icon! Meat shows not only his talent as a storyteller, but shines with his wit and unquenched spirit in light of some pretty nasty circumstances! This book...this man's life..is the ultimate 'don't give up no matter what' story. We've all had hints of that, but you don't realize everything...you don't know everything...until you sit down and read this book. With some distance now, (but obviously still effected by the events) Meat is able to relate the circumstances of his childhood and his struggle as a young actor/musician, talk of his early fame and inability to cope, and finally of his triumphant return. This is an inspiring book, told in such a wonderful way that you will feel like Meat is sitting at the kitchen table with you, telling you these stories over spring water!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Meat Loaf - The Great Storyteller, 28. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Finally, we Meat Loaf fans can take an in depth look at our beloved Rock icon! Meat shows not only his talent as a storyteller, but shines with his wit and unquenched spirit in light of some pretty nasty circumstances! This book...this man's life..is the ultimate 'don't give up no matter what' story. We've all had hints of that, but you don't realize everything...you don't know everything...until you sit down and read this book. With some distance now, (but obviously still effected by the events) Meat is able to relate the circumstances of his childhood and his struggle as a young actor/musician, talk of his early fame and inability to cope, and finally of his triumphant return. This is an inspiring book, told in such a wonderful way that you will feel like Meat is sitting at the kitchen table with you, telling you these stories over spring water!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Man is back and better than ever, 25. September 1999
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I really enjoyed this book. It seems that Meat's life is intertwined with the very history of rock and roll, nay The United States! I too noted the similarity to Forrest Gump. Makes you wonder...
Although his egotism and temper nearly caused his downfall in the early 80's; the experiences of his life served to give him the strength of character to continually bounce back and emerge better than ever. He is widely touted among the fans as being a friendly, approachable and affectionate. It is not just in his autobiography but in his music as well that one gets to know the person, Meat Loaf.
His story serves as positive proof that the human spirit is capable of great things and following your heart is an integral part of happiness in your life. As he once said, "Success isn't about how much money you make or how many albums you sell; it's about doing what makes you happy."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen TO HELL AND BACK!! WHAT AN EXCELLENT TRIP!!!, 30. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The story of the larger than life rock-n-roll star Meat Loaf is totally enthralling. Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. He went from being a nobody in Dallas to one of the biggest rock-n-roll stars of all times. Tragically that all came to an end early on in his career due to alcohol, drugs, and bankruptcy. Even through all of this Meat Loaf never gave up. Eventually he turned his life around and began his rise back into the spotlight where he has stayed since the release of Bat II. It's amazing that one person could live through all of this and still have the gusto and will to perform. Even after it all Meat is a very kind, caring, and easily aproachable person. He makes his fans feel very comfortable in his presence. This book is GREAT!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Never disappointing, 20. Oktober 1999
I just finished the book and LOVED it! I'm not much of a reader of biographies (they often-times become one-sided mud slingings) but this one I found enchanting. Meat told his story and was, I believe, sensitive to others mentioned in the book. Some of the chapters seemed choppy, but then you can't encapsulate an entire life in a few hundred pages without that. I thought I admired the man before, but I admire him even more after reading the book. The book raises so many more questions, like whatever happened to his dad (I don't remember that being mentioned). But, I'm not a fan to trample on a person's privacy. I feel fortunate he's shared what he did.
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