Sunday, April 25, 2010

Day 17: You're Goin' Down, Boy

"You're goin' down, boy," raged one of Meat Loaf's handlers when the cash cow rebelled. Meat Loaf fired his management team. They countered with lawsuits, lawsuits, and more lawsuits. Oh, wait, did I mention lawsuits? Then there was the smear campaign. The one that played up all the nutter moments, the one that used the imaginations not permitted in the creation of movie scripts, one that caused his wife to be held at gun point by a sheriff.

Stars: Pay Attention to Your Money
It likes to wander into other people's pockets. 

Anybody who could kick him while he was down, did, including his one-time best buddy and co-collaborator. Due to the nature of the American litigious society, it took time, years, all of the 1980s before his former handlers were done with him. They took everything, from the jacket he wore in Rocky Horror to his to house, pens, toys, everything. At one point the great Meat Loaf had to borrow money from his in-laws just to buy groceries.

Fortunately, he still had his wife, his stepdaughter, and new baby girl.

It's enough to make a man want to "Read 'Em and Weep"

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