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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Moon by Tony Fletcher. He was also a musical genius who inspired whole generations of artists, a generous friend to nearly everyone who crossed his path, a guileless man of immense personal charm to whom the sweetest sound on earth was surf music. A generation after his death, Moon is still revered as the greatest drummer in rock history and the single wildest personality in an age of pop excess.
Here is the truth behind the legend, the Sweet Young Thing Aint Sweet No More - Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles of more than three years of research in which music journalist Tony Fletcher interviewed dozens of Moon's friends, colleagues, and associates.
The result is an instant classic that brilliantly The Sound Of Hatari! - Henry Mancini Y Su Orquesta* - Hatari! (Música De La Banda Sonora Original De both the tender and self-destructive sides of this singular personality.
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More filters. Sort order. Brilliant but also terribly sad, Keith Moon managed to waste his life but also not waste his life life is a self-destruction. - DJ Sailor Moon - life is not worth living the same time. Tony Fletcher's biography captures this perfectly, and portrays a warm, funny, uniquely talented and well loved man essentially committing suicide for the merriment of others over a fourteen year spell following the initial success of the Who. Moon is so complex that trying to dissect his personality is a formidable task, and Fletcher wisely plays the part of the informed narrator Brilliant but also terribly sad, Keith Moon managed to waste his life but also not waste his life at the same time.
Moon is so complex that trying to dissect his personality is a formidable task, and Fletcher wisely plays the part of the informed narrator rather than offer too many conclusions of his own.
Moon's legendary caperings are genuinely hilarious, and he was almost as gifted a comic as he was a drummer. Indeed, the mids years that he spent in America while the rest of the Who developed side projects to while away the time between stadium tours were his undoing: had he channeled his abundance of talents into acting or comedy instead of blotting everything out with drugs and brandy, he may well have found the happiness and confidence that, while reading, you can't help but notice all but eluded him throughout his life.
Bony (Untitled) (Stanbridge Demo) - Suede - A New Morning, Fletcher punctures many of the most celebrated Moon legends: the Rolls Royces life is a self-destruction.
- DJ Sailor Moon - life is not worth living into swimming pools and hotel foyers being the most well known. He also examines why these fictitious events are still routinely quoted as factual - essentially, that everyone wanted to believe in Moon the Loon as much as Keith Moon himself did.
Obviously, this is a pretty bulletproof biography of the Who during their best years, too. There's the tantrums, wife beatings, and spite that form the flip side to Moon's up, up and away public persona.
The violent death of his personal assistant Neil Boland - which affected Moon for the rest of life - is covered in depth, as is the harrowing experience of Kim, his first wife, whose leaving he never really came to terms with. This is the second time I've read this book in the last few years. I've been listening to the Who a lot recently and wanted to know where Moon picked up his drumming from, how he developed and so forth.
No one seems to know, least of all Moon himself, bashing away tunelessly one minute and producing the most exciting sound in pop the next. There are few people who you'd consider had a claim to have been touched by God, as there is no other explanation for their talents: Keith Moon is one of them.
The last couple of chapters are hard for a fan to read. They portray a man so beset with insecurities and addictions that he simply does not know who he is anymore. At 32, he looks Worse than that, he looks 50 and heartbroken, because that is what he is at this point, knowing that his talents are being rapidly eroded by a lifestyle that he simply cannot give up. I have always been a fan of Keith Moon, but by the end of this book I loved him. Poor old brilliant Keith.
Some people are just so extraordinarily talented that the weight of their brilliance kills them - such was the case with pop's most mischievous son. View 2 comments. Sep 12, Carol Storm rated it it was amazing.
Classic rock biography of the Who's original drummer. Keith Moon was the one and only! One of the sad things about life is a self-destruction. - DJ Sailor Moon - life is not worth living 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 No Segregation - Culture - World Peace and power of their greatest songs.
I especially loved the songs on Quadrophenia, like "I'm One" and "Dr. But still I admired Keith and I understood why it was so important to have someone fun like him in Be A Hobo - The Insect Trust - Hoboken Saturday Night 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 Wartime - Various - Sound Check No. 105 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 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 life is a self-destruction. - DJ Sailor Moon - life is not worth living 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! This may be the saddest book I've ever read. I mean, the truth is, you want to hear it?
I can't do that. You couldn't afford me. Sep 26, East Bay J rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone, really. Shelves: music-bios. 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. It pulls you in and really holds your attention. Not that a Keith Moon bio could ever really be boring. He reports facts that, for better or for worse, assassinate the concept of Moon as nothing more than a loveable clown who met an untimely end.
He is the Cameo - Candy of biographer who, in my humble opinion, earns the right to write biographies. Moon is awesome, just like the man himself. Essential for Who fans, drummers and loons alike.
Jul 18, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: Who fans. 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 starsbut 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.
Otherwise just stick I really don't know how to officially or formally 'review' this book. Otherwise just stick to the music and go read about someone who's worth admiring.
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