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5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine, hilarious and tragic..., 2 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon (Paperback)
I've read a lot of great biographies about many famous and extraordinarily talented musicians...Dear Boy by Tony Fletcher is one of the best biographies/books I've ever read. Superbly researched, the passion Fletcher has for his subject oozes from every chapter. From his working class upbringing and failed schooling in London's Wembley area, Keith Moon soared to international stardom as the drummer with enormously successful rock band THE WHO. If you think Stephen Tyler, Joe Perry and Aerosmith did a lot of drink and drugs...read this; you will never read about excess quite like it. Fletcher believes that "Moon the Loon" had borderline personality disorder, haunted by the death of his cheuffeur Neil Bolland; he certainly had a sinister side with the two women that really meant something to him in his life. It's amazing to think that Keith actually got to the age of 32 before he died in central London in 1978 - but my God, he seriously "lived" those 32 years. So tragic that he died, but he could've only gone one way because of the enormous amounts of booze and drugs he consumed. Aside his compulsive partying, boozing, womanising and drug taking; one mustn't forget that he was one of, if not THE best, most unusually talented and incredible drummer that has ever lived. The Who were devastated by his demise and have never been the same without this most charasmatic and colourful of individuals - he drove the whole band. Albums like "Who's Next" and "Quadraphenia" display his talents in all their glory. I was in tears at the end of this brilliant book. Even if you don't like The Who - this is a MUST READ for sheer entertainment value.
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