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Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon Hardcover – 1 Sep 1998
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When the young Keith Moon was beating the tar out of his drum-kit in Shepherd's Bush in 1964 it would have been unthinkable that this sparky little mod kid would have been the subject of a door- stopping 500-page biography. But young Keith soon mutated into Moon the Loon and joined the pantheon of legendary rock and roll wild men who lived fast and died young and 500 pages now seems the minimum space needed to cover his many excesses.
Tony Fletcher has drawn heavily on interviews with Moon's wife, his sister and his girlfriend for the last eight years of his life. Oliver Reed, Alice Cooper, and Larry Hagman also have their say and the picture that emerges is of a man whose outrageous antics sprung from an absurdly over- generous personality. The drink, the drugs and the trashed hotel rooms are all splendidly chronicled as is the music. His drug-fuelled demise is not a pretty sight but Moon had always walked the walk and so the fact that, unlike the other members of The Who, he actually did die before he got old, ultimately comes as no surprise. --Nick Wroe.
A biography of Keith Moon, the drummer with the Who, who died in 1978. Information was gathered from friends and family, and associates in the music industry such as Alice Cooper, Jeff Beck, and Kenny Jones, and the author suggests that Moon's substance abuse brought on schizophrenic tendencies.See all Product description
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The main feeling we're left with after reading this book is intense sorrow - Moon was a sensitive, gentle youth with an inexplicable predilection for violence and mayhem. There is little or no reference to that violence being directed against men - women (occasionally) and property are the targets of his excess of energy.
Perhaps the most revealing line in the book for me was when a neighbour describes Moon goose-stepping, alone, in his Nazi regalia on the beach in California early in the morning. We realise that the skylarking was for his own amusement, rather than for the benefit of onlookers.
Your heart goes out to the women in his life, including his daughter, who stuck with him through what seems to be unbearable behaviour at times. You really do feel like slapping him as one pointless, destructive prank follows another (and the author does have a tendency to chuckle along sometimes). When the end comes, it's not dealt with like some dramatic soap opera - the details are laid out plainly and without sensation. It's all the more heartbreaking for being so prosaic. Little touches, like the description of Daltrey crying throughout Moon's service, remain in the mind long after you put this book down.
A terrific read, one that will change your perception of Keith Moon.
That said, the book is well-researched and well-written and a must not only for Who fans, but also fans of British rock music.
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