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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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.
Began to tire of the same theme running through the book namely "what an wealthy individual with no moral compass gets up to in his spare time" . Wouldn't recommend if looking for a deeper insight into Moon's personality.
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.
A true musical legend and demoralizing at the end but worthwhile read from a man who was there at a key stage.