Keith Moon & Bonzo
Keith Moon and his wife Kim Kerrigan
Rock N Roll Bible Review- Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend
Author: Tony Fletcher; Number of pages: 624
Keith Moon was an explosion. He burst from the seams with a great clang of drums—literally. A man who lived quick, and loved hard, Moon would be hard to sum up perfectly, even if you had the most talented of writers, unlimited sources, and and endless amount of paper and patience. Tony Fletcher, somehow, manages to dig into the soul of Moon, while keeping the humor that Moon had in his own life. In this detailed, insightful, and heart-wrenching biography, Fletcher, in my own humble opinion, gives the reader a glimpse of the wild, funny, lonely, and talented man, who left the world too soon.
So, most hardcore Who fans know a lot about the Who’s career, and how Moon transformed the way drums were looked at in the rock n roll community. We also know a lot about Keith’s relationship with Kim Kerrigan, his spiral into alcoholism, and his eventual accidental death.
What this book is really good at is getting into all the really cool details and funny anecdotes of Keith’s life, like when he dressed up in a horse costumes and tried to get on London buses when he was a teen. The writing style is definitely easy to understand, and you get a sense of what Keith was really like.
What struck me most about this book was how, even though, inevitably, you have to talk about the development of The Who, it goes into the band only when it’s important to Keith’s life and his state of thinking. We go into Keith’s childhood, and how it was actually not tormented, it wasn’t neglectful, it was very very normal. Fletcher speaks a lot about how that might have been what launched Keith into his crazy and wild life. He wanted fun and interest in his life. All of the fun antics of his youth are underscored by the deep desire to be interesting, and famous.
More than the fun stories, Keith’s mental states are examined, his apparent ADD plays a huge role in his energy, and his two biggest romantic relationships (Kim and Annette), seem at the same time the same and yet completely different.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in rock n roll as a whole. It’s a very personal book, though, and I was very teary eyed at parts. It took me about three weeks to read. I don’t want to ramble on and on about it because you should just go read it !!! You will cry, but after everything, you’ll understand what a kind, loving, and generous person Keith was underneath the Moon the Loon character. Of course, he was crazy, manic, and wild, but he was so so much more than that. Go read it!!
I got my copy at Barnes and Noble for 22 Dollars.
CHAPMOON - a mix for Keith Moon and Graham Chapman
"I looked out of the window expecting to see a balcony, but no - there was no balcony and no Keith, only a four-inch-wide ledge extending round the building. I wouldn’t have gone out there but then I wasn’t Keith. I sat there and waited, sipping at a beer; then Keith reappeared through the window carrying a bottle of Beefeater gin, which he plonked on the table, saying, ‘There you are, Graham.’ He’d made his way along the ledge and broken into the next-door penthouse suite and stolen the bottle from their drinks cabinet. Keith was never dull."
i. Gay Bar - Electric Six; ii. My Generation - The Who; iii. Trouble - P!nk; iv. The Fame - Lady Gaga; v. Count On Me - Bruno Mars; vi. YOLO - The Lonely Island; vii. We’ve Got Everything - Modest Mouse; viii. Die Young - Kesha; ix. Rehab - Amy Winehouse; x. Raise Your Glass - P!nk; xi. Sorry Bunch - The Dresden Dolls; xii. I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ - Scissor Sisters; xiii. Nobody Loved You - Manic Street Preachers.
The Who | Young Man Blues
Isle of Wight Festival - August 29, 1970
Well a young man
He ain’t got nothin’ in the world these days
I said a young man
Ain’t got nothin’ in the world these days
In the old days
When a young man was a strong man
All the people stepped back
When a young man walked by
You know nowadays
Well it’s the old man’s
Got all the money
And a young man
Ain’t got nothin’ in the world these days
You know nowadays, if you’re the young man
You ain’t got nothin’ in the world these days
graham chapman and keith moon, everyone.