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This was an indulgence that, much like Keith Moon s own habits, became excessive My brother gave me this book a couple of Christmases ago, and I had started on, put down, started back on it a few times After reading thehigh brow novel The Sea by John Banville, I thought it a good opportunity to simplify things a bit and finally get through this biography of The Who s drummer, notorious for his reckless living drinking, drugging, hotel wrecking that culminated in his death in 1978 It This was an indulgence that, much like Keith Moon s own habits, became excessive My brother gave me this book a couple of Christmases ago, and I had started on, put down, started back on it a few times After reading thehigh brow novel The Sea by John Banville, I thought it a good opportunity to simplify things a bit and finally get through this biography of The Who s drummer, notorious for his reckless living drinking, drugging, hotel wrecking that culminated in his death in 1978 It was fun to read, especially accompanied by Who music and supplemented with visits to YouTube, where you can find tons of clips of Moon s antics and performances musical and otherwise that weren t so readily accessible when I was 14 It s impossible, in fact, not to enjoy spending time with Moon and The Who for a time This book is nearly 600 pages in length and by halfway through becomes dominated by almost day by day accounts of how drunk and drugged Moon got and what then followed What begin as escapades and shenanigans end up as disasters, even tragedies It frankly became tiresome as the book followed Moon into this monotonous course of self abuse, depression, and mania, but Fletcher does break to analyze and comment from time to time on just that how living in Moon s orbit could go from exhilirating to exasperating, eventually breaking many of those around him Although a fan and an adulatory one on occasion, at that Fletcher is honest in confronting the reality behind Moon s loony , lovable, eccentric public persona and discussing what a terrible person he could be verbally, emotionally, physically abusive to his wife negligent towards his daughter overbearing, inconsiderate, imperious, or worse to those close to him perhaps suffering from borderline personality disorder It was good to spend some escape time with Moonie, but I m glad to be away from him now I read Geoffrey Giuliano s Townshend biography, Behind Blue Eyes, which left me wanting so muchinformation than I got Such is definitely not the case with Tony Fletcher s excellent, almost six hundred page Keith Moon bio, Moon This is an interesting, often arresting and intensively informative look into the life of the wild, well known and much beloved drummer of The Who For all of Giuliano s in depth, personal investigation of Townshend s life, it is Fletcher s book that is truly an in I read Geoffrey Giuliano s Townshend biography, Behind Blue Eyes, which left me wanting so muchinformation than I got Such is definitely not the case with Tony Fletcher s excellent, almost six hundred page Keith Moon bio, Moon This is an interesting, often arresting and intensively informative look into the life of the wild, well known and much beloved drummer of The Who For all of Giuliano s in depth, personal investigation of Townshend s life, it is Fletcher s book that is truly an insider s view into the life and times of a Who.Fletcher s writing has hooks like a pop song It pulls you in and really holds your attention Not that a Keith Moon bio could ever really be boring Hell, a chronological list of events in Moon s life would be high entertainment It s just that Fletcher does an outstanding job of telling a fascinating story in a fascinating way.What really sets Moon apart is Fletcher s unflinching honesty and adherence to the truth He reports facts that, for better or for worse, assassinate the concept of Moon as nothingthan a loveable clown who met an untimely end Fletcher shamelessly exposes those journos and biographers who reported less than the truth he did his homework and a fair amount of everyone else s He is the kind of biographer who, in my humble opinion, earns the right to write biographies.There isn t muchto say Moon is awesome, just like the man himself I will read a Who bio and soon but Fletcher s telling of the Keith Moon tale takes the cake Essential for Who fans, drummers and loons alike This may be the saddest book I ve ever read You know, we just shot a lot of film for the interview, and talking about all that, I was wondering if you d tell us the truth and stop lying Well, no I mean, the truth is, you want to hear it I can t do that You couldn t afford me. Young, wide eyed rock boy makes millions and turns into a decadent lout, pillaging everything in his path Sounds like the Steve Marriott bio, doesn t it Well, it s also the Keith Moon book written by Tony Fletcher, a 500 pages of endless legends and verified rumors of rock s most exciting drummer It s a great book about an unforgettable figure in the history of music. I went into Moon by Tony Fletcher with basically no knowledge of Keith Moon or The Who, aside from the common understanding that they were a big classic rock band As a drummer, I had not paid much attention to Keith Moon in my learning, but had also gleaned enough to know that he was influential in the growth of rock as a music genre So reading through Moon was a joy, as was getting to know the incredibly complex character of Keith Moon and the band that was so important to modern music Keith I went into Moon by Tony Fletcher with basically no knowledge of Keith Moon or The Who, aside from the common understanding that they were a big classic rock band As a drummer, I had not paid much attention to Keith Moon in my learning, but had also gleaned enough to know that he was influential in the growth of rock as a music genre So reading through Moon was a joy, as was getting to know the incredibly complex character of Keith Moon and the band that was so important to modern music Keith Moon certainly lived up to his nickname While many of his shenanigans border on the mythological, Fletcher packs an ABSURD number of completely accurate stories and tales about Moon The man does not really need the exaggeration he was completely stinkin insane While I cannot at all fathom an understanding of Keith Moon s inner psyche, I did greatly enjoy the many recountings of Keith s hotel room destruction, his class clown antics on tour, his epic partying, his theatrics and shock value, and his fondness for cherry bombs and other explosive devices, all wrapped in the shell of the consummate, warm and inviting extrovert Keith Moon was one of a kind.And yet, Fletcher also dives honestly and directly into the dark underbelly of Keith s existence His apparent multiple personalities and perhaps demonic oppression His boiling rage paired with searing depression, loneliness, anxiety and inadequacy His abusive tendencies towards those closest to him, both verbal and physical His astonishingly destructive, persistent, and all consuming use of every drink, pill, drug, and woman he could get his hands on I think one of the strongest traits of Fletcher s work is how he is brutally honest about who Keith Moon was He never veers too far into either ditch, by trying to paint too likable or too detestable He presents the man as he was, as an incredibly complicated and conflicted person, prone to acts of incredible charity and kindness as well as those of great harm, abuse and destruction.The fact that Keith Moon lived as long as he did is miraculous to me, even though many would say he was gone too soon Fletcher makes a compelling case for Keith Moon being perhaps the most hedonistic and destructive rock star of all time His life, in all honesty, speaks to me as a testimony to the tenacity of the human body Keith Moon should have been dead long before he actually was He abused his body in incalculable ways Pills upon pills Bottles upon bottles Lines upon lines Women by the truckload Not too mention the multitude of acts in which Keith was faced with direct bodily harm, from explosions or car wrecks I m not sure if Keith Moon was genetically gifted in some way to endure such abuse, but it certainly seems possible And yet Keith Moon did eventually succumb to his devices, as many rock stars have His story does end in tragedy Not tragedy that was unforeseen or surprising, yet tragedy it was It s tragic that Keith Moon, for all that the world loved him and saw his talent and worth, could not see it in himself Tragic that he likely was mentally ill but never diagnosed or treated appropriately Tragic that he was capable of achieving such fame and success and yet never had a chance to learn how to mange them well Tragic that his life ended just as the briefest sparks of a hopeful turnaround were beginning to appear Tragic that so much of his life wasted away in addiction and materialism Tragic that he often resisted those who loved him most deeply.And so, because of Keith s demise, we are left with his stories, his legacy, and his works of art Fletcher does a great job of also capturing much of the history of The Who in his book, reflecting often on the other members of the band, and providing helpful insight into the music they gave to the world I greatly enjoyed this aspect of the book as well There is much here about The Who as a rock band, and about Keith Moon as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time It has spawned in me a much deeper appreciation of The Who Indeed, as I read through this book, I also began to the explore the breadth of The Who s musical catalog If you are not familiar with The Who, and decide to read this tome, then I would greatly encourage you to take time to listen to the Who albums along with Fletcher s examination of them Fletcher also does capture some fun notes about many other figures in rock history, as Keith and The Who interacted with just about all of them.As a final note, be warned this book is INDEED a tome It is exceptionally long, even for a biography And that is why I removed a star in my rating While the book is excellent, and I am incredibly thankful that I read it, it did feel a bit long in the teeth at some points I think some of the stories Fletcher included could have been skipped over without diminishing the power of the work At some point, Keith Moon s antics do become somewhat repetitive While I m very glad I stuck around for the long haul, I think the work could have been shortened a bit If you re a fan of rock music, a Who fan, a musician, or even just someone who grew up during the British invasion, I highly recommend you give this book a read I really don t know how to officially or formally review this book Technically speaking, it is what every biography should be VERY well written and researched deserving five stars , but the life of Keith Moon is a rather depressing and sometimes repulsive subject to read about There are some pretty amusing and very interesting parts throughout but it is by no means uplifting Read this if you are a die hard fan of The Who and MUST know every miniscule fact about them Otherwise just stick I really don t know how to officially or formally review this book Technically speaking, it is what every biography should be VERY well written and researched deserving five stars , but the life of Keith Moon is a rather depressing and sometimes repulsive subject to read about There are some pretty amusing and very interesting parts throughout but it is by no means uplifting Read this if you are a die hard fan of The Who and MUST know every miniscule fact about them Otherwise just stick to the music and go read about someone who s worth admiring Tragic and entertaining Today he would probably have got the help he deserved, but unfortunately back then his problems and self destructive eccentricity was applauded. Finally done And I am exhausted But as true as that may be it is nowhere near to the level of exhaustion that must have been felt by all those who lived, loved and worked with this man A naturally gifted drummer who pushed the boundaries of drumming beyond what anyone had heard before him, but an incredibly troubled, insecure and lonely man whose desperation to be seen and heard mixed with a very real although undiagnosed mental illness to push him to outrageous behaviour Add the alcohol a Finally done And I am exhausted But as true as that may be it is nowhere near to the level of exhaustion that must have been felt by all those who lived, loved and worked with this man A naturally gifted drummer who pushed the boundaries of drumming beyond what anyone had heard before him, but an incredibly troubled, insecure and lonely man whose desperation to be seen and heard mixed with a very real although undiagnosed mental illness to push him to outrageous behaviour Add the alcohol and drugs and, well, there really was no other way his story could end.You really oscillate between incredible pity for the man and thinking you would not have wanted to spend a minute in his presence, regardless of his rock star status.An incredibly detailed telling of a sad life and the times in which it was lived Classic rock biography of the Who s original drummer Keith Moon was the one and only One of the sad things about getting older is that you outgrow your heroes When I was a teenager the Who were my favorite band, hands down Not because their music was the best, but because I could relate to the anger and confusion and power of their greatest songs I especially loved the songs on Quadrophenia, like I m One and Dr Jimmy My hero in those days was Pete Townshend, the songwriter who took lif Classic rock biography of the Who s original drummer Keith Moon was the one and only One of the sad things about getting older is that you outgrow your heroes When I was a teenager the Who were my favorite band, hands down Not because their music was the best, but because I could relate to the anger and confusion and power of their greatest songs I especially loved the songs on Quadrophenia, like I m One and Dr Jimmy My hero in those days was Pete Townshend, the songwriter who took life seriously, not Keith Moon, the drummer who made everybody laugh But still I admired Keith and I understood why it was so important to have someone fun like him in a band that was so dark and angry This book is a classic, and yet in a way I wish I hadn t read it Because Tony Fletcher really exposes you to the dark side of the Moon This is an author who does his homework and is unbelievably thorough It s obvious that he loves Keith Moon, and that he interviewed every single person he was ever close to during his days of fame and madness Though I did feel that Keith s parents were curiously absent from the interviews and that the difficulties of his early childhood were quickly skimmed over instead of being explored in full Tony Fletcher tells you everything The only problem is, you find out too much I knew Keith Moon loved to run around and do crazy things, but I didn t know he got drunk enough to break his wife s nose, twice, by mistake I had no idea he was obsessively jealous, to the point of being a stalker I had no idea how much rage was underneath all the constant clowning and carrying on and having fun I didn t know that, and I really didn t want to know it Reading this book was fun at first, but as things got darker and darker I really wished I could go back to being a teenager and not knowing all the things I didn t want to know So it turns out that in his own way, Keith Moon was just as self destructive and angry as Jim Morrison of the Doors But being a working class Britisher instead of an affluent American, he felt the need to camouflage this with a lot of clowning around It s no fun for me to say this, but I think I m a little too old to be messing around with heroes like this But I still love the music of the Who and I think this is the best book ever written about them And about Keith Moon `Download Book ↰ Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon ↠ When the young Keith Moon was beating the tar out of his drum kit in Shepherd s Bush init would have been unthinkable that this sparky little mod kid would have been the subject of a door stoppingpage 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 andpages now seems the minimum space needed to cover his many excessesTony 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 WroeAlso published as Moon The Life and Death of a Rock Legend