The Life and Death of A Rock Legend

Book - 2014
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Back in print, Moon is the brilliant and heralded biography of one of rock & roll's most notorious and beloved figures: The Who's legendary drummer Keith Moon.

Moon was the bad boy of rock & roll, the most manic member of an aggressive and fabulously successful band, a full-throttle hedonist who lived at the center of an unending party. 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 result of years of research in which music journalist Tony Fletcher interviewed dozens of Moon's friends, colleagues, and associates. An instant classic that brilliantly illuminates both the tender and self-destructive sides of this singular personality, Moon is the story of one of the most outrageous rock stars ever born.

Publisher: New York : itbooks, 2014.
Edition: First It Books paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780062293084
Branch Call Number: B M7783
Characteristics: xiv, 608 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Oct 10, 2017

A remarkable biography of the former Who drummer, who died in 1978 at the age of 32. Despite being 600 pages long, this is a stylish and highly readable book. Fletcher is an accomplished researcher with a historian's eye for detail. But he's also a perceptive critic, separating the top-shelf stuff (the Who's 60s singles, Who's Next, parts of Tommy and Quadrophenia) from the crud (Moon's solo album, everything after Quadrophenia). The bio achieves a remarkable balance: Moon was an innovative and ferocious drummer who defined The Who's sound, and a kind and absurdly generous man. He was also an alcoholic and pill addict. He broke his wife's nose more than once. And he destroyed more hotel rooms and cars than he had hot meals. Reading the last 100 pages is like watching the proverbial car crash in slow motion. You know how it's going to end, and keep thinking "Why didn't someone do something?" As Fletcher points out repeatedly, many people tried, but Moon just seemed like a person who was destined to burn bright and flame out.

Mar 16, 2015

You are in for a treat with this one. One of the best books on rock and roll I've ever read. It's just very well-written and all the stuff about the Who is great. Kudos. It's was a joy to read.


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