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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,108 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 L. Miller on 28 Aug 2012
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It would take an incredibly poor writer to make a book about Keith Moon seem boring, so you know you're on a winner when the writer concerned was Keith Moon's former sidekick. This book is the exact copy of the original book published in the 1980s with nothing edited or changed in the text. It does however include a decent updated introduction to fill in a few questions that have been raised in the future.

The writing style does take some getting use to it as to be said. The use of terminology like "bints" to describe women, whilst not offensive to me, might grate on some people's nerves as one reads through the book. As may the constant use of cockney rhyming slang. The latter I found a bit unnecessary but I suspect it's been left in as a sign that the book is authentic and not a complete "as told to" type story.

The book itself is a minefield of interesting, hilarious, sad and back to hilarious points. Sometimes you want to ask the bloke why they didn't do more to support Moon rather than encourage them. Sometimes you think there's nothing they could've done anyway. Like the brilliant "Dear Boy" book, you get all the emotions when you read about Keith Moon and it's a rollercoaster of emotions. Above all it's never boring. So many funny stories, so many terrible ones, and you know that each event described in only a few pages could fill a book in someone else's life. Definitely worth a read if you're on holiday etc.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith B. Altham on 8 Sep 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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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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