BAT OUT OF HELL

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By Mick Wall Ha­chette Aus­tralia, out Nov. 14, RRP: $32.99 (ebook $16.99) What’s the guts? This year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of Meat Loaf’s clas­sic al­bum Bat Out Of Hell, which sold squil­lions and gave us so many iconic tunes, such as You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and Par­adise By The Dash­board Light. So it’s per­fect tim­ing as the big man’s life and ca­reer gets put un­der the mi­cro­scope in Mick Wall’s eye-opening bi­og­ra­phy Bat Out Of Hell: The Larger Than Life Story Of Meat Loaf. Any­thing else? Through in­ter­views con­ducted at var­i­ous stages dur­ing his ca­reer, Wall builds a pic­ture of a com­pli­cated man who over­came an abu­sive child­hood to en­joy a me­te­oric rise to fame. Of course, then came the crash, with drug and booze abuse in the 80s nearly de­stroy­ing Meat Loaf. But the Yank singer is hard to keep down for long and Wall cap­tures his re­turn to the limelight in stir­ring fash­ion. Hmmm… I won­der if the book men­tions the large singer’s …erm, IN­TER­EST­ING pre-game per­for­mance at the 2011 AFL grand fi­nal in Mel­bourne? Fi­nal word: Get a gut­ful of Meat Loaf!

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