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Moon the Loon: The Amazing Rock and Roll Life of Keith Moon Paperback – 19 Mar 1981


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Star (19 Mar. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352308052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352308054
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 11 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By geedus71 on 30 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this years ago at the old Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street for about £2.50 and I still remember laughing out loud while reading it on tube on the way home. The reviewer who criticised the cockney present tense style has missed the point; for a start it's obvously ghost-written (Dougal may be a lovely chap but he is no Tony Fletcher) and secondly it's supposed to read as an ex-rock & roller (or rather, his assistant) telling you tales of 70s rock star madness over a beer or six in a local pub.
As for its News of the World style, of course Dougal had to over-emphasise the sex & drugs as that is what more often than not sells books. He only wrote this to cover some of the debts he incurred working for Moonie and never getting paid for it. As a result The Who were furious with Dougal, seeing the book as an affront to their dear departed drummer, and cut him off for years - I still don't know if they ever kissed and made up.
It's not a great biography and doesn't try to be; it's a loose series of hazy recollections of Moonie at his maddest with a strong undercurrent of sadness permeating the drunken tomfoolery. I'm off now to dig it out and re-read it: if you loved Moonie, try getting a copy just to hear about his excesses from someone who was there at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Green Manalishi on 14 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
I knew before I started the book,that it wasn't going to be a comprehensive,in depth biography like 'Dear Boy'.This definitely focuses on the more salacious,drug and drink fuelled aspect of Keith's lifestyle.

Which would have been fine had the book not been written so badly..He appears to have written it in the same cheerful cockney/upper class gent manner in which keith himself was known to speak.This begins to irritate after about two pages-how I managed to finish the book I will never know.

The stories themselves merge from one sub-News Of The World-drunken story to the next,and by the end you just don't care anymore.The author admits his memorey isn't that great(not suprisingly)and when the stories become more and more over the top,I found myself questioning wether Dougal was telling the whole truth.

The few insites Dougal gives on keiths character are excellent but are over shadowed by the the quite frankly boring stories of excess(I never thought I would write that in a sentence).

If you want some truly entertaining stories of rock'n'roll madness try 'The Dirt' the motley crue book.The band themselves might be rubbish but their stories are not.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Gardner on 2 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Dougal Butler is a really nice geezer. Shame I have not seen him since this book went into publication. I worked on it as a designer at Star Books 26 or so years ago and this seems to be a good opportunity to apologise to all Moonies fans out there about the awful jacket design. I wanted to commision Ralph Steadman to do the jacket illustration but my art director was not having it and the end result was down to sales and marketing department. Apart from the brilliant Tony Fletcher book, this is a gem. I was lucky enough to read the original manuscript before the lawyers and editors got their hands on it. A lot had to be taken out I recall due to the possibility of liable actions etc. if only i had kept a hold of that manuscript.

If you are a Moon fan or a drummer (Yes I am one) this should be in your collection.

Simon Gardner
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Format: Paperback
This book was written a long time ago, and it does indeed concentrate almost entirely on the sex and drugs with only a medium sized nod to the rock and roll. the writing style is abysmal, in a sub NOTW sort of way. We are not encouraged to see Keith as the complex, troubled and gifted man he undoubtedly was. The story of this book is that Keith was a hell raiser, many of the best known stories are here.

But it is a scarce book, few copies survive, fewer still are in good condition, and, for those followers of The Who, a copy of this book alongside the more accurate, scholarly and erudite volumes of biography is a must. If only to complete the collection.
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