Dear Boy: The Life Of Keith Moon

By Tony Fletcher

Dear Boy is the best-selling biography of Keith Moon, rock’s maximum drummer and wildest personality. Hailed via critics in either the united kingdom and US as a one of many maximum rock tales ever informed, it strains with lethal accuracy Moon's striking trip from his working-class Northwest London adolescence, in the course of the who is glory years to the California high-life and a tragic, untimely death.

In studying a existence now distorted via myths of debauchery and comedian anarchy, writer Tony Fletcher interviewed over a hundred and twenty of Moon’s associates, kinfolk and colleagues. the result's a searingly own portrait of a unconditionally incorrigible but uniquely beneficiant boy who by no means grew up, and who replaced the lives of all who knew him.

In this extraordinary biography, Tony Fletcher questions the myths, avoids the time-honoured anecdotes and talks afresh to people who have been closest to Moon, together with Kim, his spouse of 8 years, Linda, his sister, and Annette Walter-Lax, his major female friend in the course of his ultimate years. additionally interviewed are Oliver Reed, Larry Hagman, David Putnam, Alice Cooper, Dave Edmunds, Jeff Beck, John Entwistle and so forth who labored and partied with Moon. Fletcher unearths for the 1st time the reality at the back of the 'famous' stunts that by no means happened – and the extra outrageous ones that did! He additionally uncovers outstanding information about Moon's outrageous extravagance which used to be financed through The who is American success.

This latest version of pricey Boy contains a newly-written afterword that considers Moon's lasting legacy, the dying of John Entwistle and the who is ongoing profession within the new millennium.

At over 300,00 phrases lengthy expensive Boy is an acclaimed benchmark in rock biography, with over 200,000 copies now offered in a number of variants during the world.

Illustrated with many pictures from own and Who archives.

Press reviews

“Top flight airport examining… a powerful success…”New Musical Express

“Extraordinarily thorough…”The Times

“Explosive and entertaining…”Vanity Fair

“Fletcher has performed the task with clear-eyed affection for his topic… a fans’s perception tempered with journalistic distance.”Billboard

“Horrific and wonderful reading…”Q Magazine

“Well researched… an clever bid to give the whole works… warts and all…”Mojo

“Richly anecdotal… an awesome read.”People Magazine

“One of the easiest rock books of this or the other year…”Hot Press

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Now not that he taken care of his new equipment with any further recognize than he did his previous one. evening after evening it went into the viewers. A defining second within the improvement of the on-stage destruction happened on may perhaps 1 through the NME ballot Winners live performance at Wembley Empire Pool. Keith had first seemed at this top of home-town venues – certainly, the largest within the state – six months again, as a part of a scholar ‘Glad Rag Ball’ within which Roger Daltrey had thrown a healthy on the caliber of the PA and refused to proceed taking part in until eventually the Who’s personal apparatus was once put in. The Who, the singer had basically been signifying to the opposite teams up to the viewers, weren't your universal or backyard beat band that may suffice with any previous apparatus. The stakes have been even greater on the NME live performance. It used to be a definitive second for British track, a short lived coming jointly of each awesome act within the state ahead of they diverged, a few progressing into rock bands that might supply the tune the intensity required to take it into one other decade, others to tread water as pop teams, garnering sporadic hits over the subsequent couple of years till they ultimately pale into the oldies circuit or broke up thoroughly. The line-up at Wembley that day used to be astonishing in its intensity and caliber and as a party of the swinging Sixties on the very axis of the last decade, it was once by no means to be rivalled. acting short 15 minute units have been the Yardbirds, the Small Faces, Herman’s Hermits, the Walker Brothers, Cliff Richard, the Shadows and Roy Orbison to call just a few of these truly remembered via destiny generations. they usually have been simply the warm-up bands. “The final 3 acts have been the Who, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles,” remembers Chris Stamp. (Though nobody knew it at the day, this was once to be the Beatles’ final ever united kingdom live performance. ) “The Who through this time have been very into their Union Jack interval and looking out marvelous. Pete did his suggestions factor and we had smoke bombs going off. And we did this damaging finishing with Pete’s guitar. And Keith, who had knocked over a couple of drums the following and there, particularly went for it. It got here from his head. He did an immense factor with the drums, i feel they even fell off the level, he made a big mess. He did it to be with Pete, to most sensible Pete, and to additionally make the Who’s presence felt, ensure the Stones and the Beatles needed to persist with this. ” The social gathering, thus broadcast on local tv, intended that the Who additionally needed to stick to their self-created recognition as an incendiary reside act, needed to now meet on a nightly foundation the expectancies of an viewers that got here to determine them smash their apparatus for a similar nefarious thrill that pulls humans to automobile crashes and executions. Keith Moon, greater than an individual, used to be satisfied to reside as much as those expectancies. He used to be serious about the Who’s express to be higher and bolder than an individual else. He enjoyed the eye it introduced. “I don’t be aware of why we do it,” he acknowledged in the direction of the top of the yr. “I believe it’s simply animal intuition. ” It was once additionally dear. “We had a few quite heavy fix bills,” says Neville Chester, the group’s highway supervisor on the time.

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