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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571295843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571295845
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter 'Dougal' Butler grew up in the same 1960s London milieu as the founding members (Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon) of the band that became The Who. Leaving school aged 15, Butler was first employed by HM Customs & Excise, but after finding his way into The Who's inner circle he became personal assistant, chauffeur, bodyguard, and minder to the band's drummer, Keith Moon. Butler carried out these functions for a tumultuous ten years, following Moon to live in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, but leaving the Who's employ in the year prior to Moon's untimely death by overdose in September 1978. In the years immediately thereafter Butler worked with film and TV writers (and long-time collaborators) Peter Lawrence and Chris Trengove to produce Full Moon, a widely admired memoir of his experiences with Moon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emilia Ratcliffe on 28 Aug. 2012
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I have to be honest I'm not much of a reader but when it comes to The Who and especially Keith Moon I simply had to make sure I read this. Very glad I did too, it's a very personal account of the hey day of the best drummer we've ever had and what he got up to. Very funny at times and also, quite sad how such a talented musician had such a crazy life. Peter 'Dougal' Butler was with Keith from 67 to 77 and so there's no better person to tell it like it was. You will be amazed at what they got up to and my hat goes off to Dougal for keeping Keith going for as long as 10 years! A must read if your: a) A Who Fan b) A rock & roll fan or c) interested in fascinating characters, period. Loved it and will definately read it again sometime. Oh, btw, nice to have a crisp new book in the form of this re-release as the originals are usually tatty from being read so much and, apart from that, hard to find. If you do the modern tech thing too, this is on kindle (Full Moon: The Amazing Rock and Roll Life of Keith Moon) or audio book, so no excuses!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith B. Altham on 8 Sept. 2012
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Fun book told in a vernacular that Moon would have approved of by his Minder, road manager, driver and part time psychiatrist Dougal Butler who knew him like a brother and oft times wished he did not. Moon never considered mortality but immortality and notoriety of this type he revelled in and would have probably died laughing if he could have read most of this. "Another brandy dear boy and do turn a page for me, so fatiguing have to read your own life story" Holiday chuckle. Go for it. Keith Altham ex-Who press agent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Marchant on 21 Mar. 2013
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Ok, it's changed its name from Moon the Loon, but the book is the same. A new crisp edition now available for £40+ less than a second hand original. The dialogue is obviously dated, now, but it serves as a historical reminder of an age now past, as well as an introduction to the dialogue and tortured vernacular of that time, as well as being highly entertaining and slightly disturbing. The cover is bland, and the photos low-definition, but Peter "Dougal" Butler's insights into the not-so complex character of the World's most dynamicly entertaining rock drummer ever are priceless. Keith Moon was not equipped to live long, but we still miss him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Twist on 21 Mar. 2014
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Like Keith Moon's best performances on record, tales of his off-stage antics never get boring.
Dougal Butler, who was actually there bailing Moon out of many a brandy induced predicament, recounts the tales with wit, humour & a large dose of Cockney rhyming slang.

Some of the memories may be hazy, for Butler was indulging too, but he remembers a surprising amount of detail, no doubt helped by the fact that the book was written soon after the events. You probably couldn't pen a book in this style today. The PC Brigade would be on it like a ton of bricks.

The book is hilarious, yet tragic. We all know what happens at the end, and sometimes you'll want to tell Keith to have a quiet night in or ten. He always had to live up to that reputation though.

A great read about the ultimate rock star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Morris on 17 Nov. 2013
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A good read, a bit relentless at points and often seems a sad waste of a life - but such was the chaotic life of Moonie.

A true musical legend and demoralizing at the end but worthwhile read from a man who was there at a key stage.
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This book is a must have for every Who fan out there, what we're talking about is the story of, possibly, the greatest drummer of all time, Keith Moon, an incredible talent and an incredible man.
With this book written by Peter "Dougal" Butler, Moon's personal assistant from 1967 to 1978, we get to know more the man and somehow less the icon, with clever narrative twists here and there and with a narrative style that you'd get listening to the man himself at the bar telling you his incredible experiences during those crazy days, that he's been lucky enough to live and then luckily to share. Somehow behind the figure of amusement and the laughs that Keith Moon was always looking for and was willing to share with those surrounding him, also his problematic and in certain ways complex nature shows through and that's why this book is worth your money, simply as that: this is the only document existing that will tell you about Keith the man even in his privacy, written by the only man, as told by the author himself, who really knew him at all.
Moreover "Full Moon" is entertaining, personally I found myself laughing histerically while reading about some of Keith's shenanigans.
Last but not least, this book gives you the opportunity to get the idea of how the business of rock n roll was perceived and lived from the inside in the 60's and especially during the 70's, what kind of power was given to rock musicians and what kind of role they were given during those years, which for so many reasons differs from today; in those days rock behaviour was as its purest form, (sex, drugs and Rock n roll all the way) and not a bunch of clichés.
I couldn't recommend it more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Willetts on 5 July 2014
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Although The Who were never among my greatest bands, I was always impressed and intrigued by Keith Moon. He was a brilliant drummer and someone who knew how to enjoy life. This book was a great insight into his life and the type of character he was. It was written by someone that was there and witnessed the events, not someone who has done their research by looking back at newspaper articles etc. and getting mislead by the press.
Some people may be put off by language etc. that is used but read any book about a rock star and you will encounter that.
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