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 through critics in either the united kingdom and US as a one of many maximum rock tales ever instructed, it lines with lethal accuracy Moon's impressive trip from his working-class Northwest London formative years, in the course of the who is glory years to the California high-life and a tragic, untimely death.

In gaining knowledge of a lifestyles now distorted by way of myths of debauchery and comedian anarchy, writer Tony Fletcher interviewed over one hundred twenty of Moon’s neighbors, kin 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 stunning biography, Tony Fletcher questions the myths, avoids the time-honoured anecdotes and talks afresh to those that 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 on who labored and partied with Moon. Fletcher finds for the 1st time the reality in the back of the 'famous' stunts that by no means happened – and the extra outrageous ones that did! He additionally uncovers amazing information about Moon's outrageous extravagance which used to be financed by means of The who is American success.

This newest version of expensive Boy incorporates a newly-written afterword that considers Moon's lasting legacy, the dying of John Entwistle and the who is ongoing occupation 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 bought in quite a few variations 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 fantastic reading…”Q Magazine

“Well researched… an clever bid to provide the full works… warts and all…”Mojo

“Richly anecdotal… an excellent read.”People Magazine

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

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With the long run nonetheless so doubtful, the single factor they can make sure of of their lives was once their dedication to one another. The couple made their domestic a mile north of Kit’s birthplace, at 224 Tokyngton street, a quiet residential road bracketed via Harrow highway to the east, and Wembley Brook after which a mess of railway tracks and carriage sheds to the west. although an insalubrious region, the home itself, erected within the early Thirties by way of the London Housing Society, used to be well-built and comparatively spacious, located on the finish of a quick terrace of comparable houses, with either a back and front backyard. higher operating classification, if you happen to desired to be special approximately it – because the British continually do. yet whereas many households spawned little ones through the battle, really within the final couple of years while an Allied victory seemed more and more most likely, the Moons waited until eventually peace were declared and Alf may possibly go back domestic for stable. Upon demobilisation, he stumbled on a role as a computer operator for a metallurgist’s within the region, and the couple, getting into their past due twenties, settled all the way down to ultimately begin a family members. the coming of baby Keith and his quickly blossoming right into a appealing and lively younger child appeared virtually unfair after they thought of the losses others had persevered within the final seven years. Alf and equipment vowed consistently to count number their benefits for being so lucky. now not for them a lifetime of carping or complaining. existence with the Moons was once, definitely within the early years of Keith’s lifestyles, usual to the purpose of invisibility. Britain after the warfare used to be dealing with a tremendous rebuilding method, on 3 contrasting degrees. actually so, erecting 1000000 new houses in 5 years to switch the 700,000 which have been demolished in the course of the Blitz and the numerous extra which deserved to be; metaphorically so, with Clement Attlee’s Labour executive pushing via historic Socialist measures resembling the creation of the nationwide healthiness carrier and the nationalisation of many key industries; and emotionally so, as new mom and dad whose households were decimated over the former decade committed their energies to elevating teenagers right into a greater international. notwithstanding it used to be a busy interval for politicians and bureaucrats and notwithstanding a renewed feel of optimism before everything gripped the kingdom – soccer crowds, a vintage barometer of British health, reached a height of 1000000 humans according to Saturday afternoon within the instant post-war years – there has been little room for idiosyncratic behaviour. Bomb websites nonetheless littered the landscapes of each urban. Rationing of nutrition might proceed good into the Fifties, as could a coverage of salary restraint that made even a minimum way of life more and more tricky to take care of. It continues to be an indication of these occasions that the Labour Treasury Minister, Sir Stafford Cripps, may still dare ask voters to ‘submerge all considered own achieve and private ambition’ – and that the general public should still oblige. In so austere a weather, leisure was once taken because it was once came across: from the radio, the place crooners like America’s Andrews Sisters or Bing Crosby, or Britain’s conflict heroine Vera Lynn, can be heard along the sunshine Orchestras at the BBC; from the cinema, which rolled out never-ending tributes to Britain’s wartime heroes (and lighter-hearted ‘Ealing comedies’, named after the west London studios the place many have been made); or on the pub, the communal front room for the operating periods, the place beer used to be reasonable and dialog unfastened.

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