BAT OUT OF HELL
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!