Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon
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Dear Boy is the best-selling biography of Keith Moon, rock’s greatest drummer and wildest character. Hailed by critics in both the UK and US as a one of the greatest rock stories ever told, it traces with deadly accuracy Moon's remarkable journey from his working-class Northwest London childhood, through the Who's glory years to the California high-life and a sad, premature death.
In researching a life now distorted by myths of debauchery and comic anarchy, author Tony Fletcher interviewed over 120 of Moon’s friends, family and associates. The result is a searingly personal portrait of a totally incorrigible yet uniquely generous boy who never grew up, and who changed the lives of all who knew him.
In this astonishing biography, Tony Fletcher questions the myths, avoids the time-honoured anecdotes and talks afresh to those who were closest to Moon, including Kim, his wife of eight years, Linda, his sister, and Annette Walter-Lax, his main girlfriend during his final years. Also interviewed are Oliver Reed, Larry Hagman, David Putnam, Alice Cooper, Dave Edmunds, Jeff Beck, John Entwistle and many others who worked and partied with Moon. Fletcher reveals for the first time the truth behind the 'famous' stunts that never occurred – and the more outrageous ones that did! He also uncovers extraordinary details about Moon's outrageous extravagance which was financed by The Who's American success.
This most recent edition of Dear Boy includes a newly-written afterword that considers Moon's lasting legacy, the death of John Entwistle and the Who's ongoing career in the new millennium.
At over 300,00 words long Dear Boy is an acclaimed benchmark in rock biography, with over 200,000 copies now sold in various editions throughout the world This is the 2005 Updated version with a new and extended afterword.
Beware: This book as already been published under a different title: Keith Moon: The life and death of a rock and roll legend. I feel taken and foolish, since I've read the other one already. There should be a disclaimer attached. But I suppose that would hurt sales...