Full Moon: The Amazing Rock and Roll Life of Keith Moon Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
A true musical legend and demoralizing at the end but worthwhile read from a man who was there at a key stage.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT BOOK WELL WORTH READING AND A PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO TONY FLETCHERS DEFINITIVE KEITH MOON BIO "DEAR BOY"Published 9 months ago by kev davies..ruislip
The book was more a biography of Dougal Butler than it was of Keith Moon. Very disappointing.Published 14 months ago by Marty Brown
Brilliant, well researched. Shame no direct contribution from surviving who members but still the best book about Keith moon on the market.Published 17 months ago by Greg Y.
I really loved this book, aside from Dougal's could be offensive use of language, it has a funny upside of a man who was devoted to his friend the legendary Keith Moon. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dawn S
Very interesting and amusing insight into the life of an amazing drummer. Well written.Published 20 months ago by L
This was a gift for my partner, he hasn't read it yet, and I don't care. But it came quick so that's good right?Published on 24 Jan. 2014 by J. A. Leslie
Brilliant insight to the worlds most craziest innovative drummer ever, a great read on par with Dear Boy excellent. Just could not put it down a must for all Who fansPublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Brian Richardson