The Life and Death of A Rock Legend

Book - 2014
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A portrait of Keith Moon, drummer for the rock band The Who, celebrates his life and profiles him as one of the greatest drummers in rock history despite the manic, self-destructive, and hedonistic behavior that marked his career.
Publisher: New York : itbooks, 2014
Edition: First It Books paperback edition
ISBN: 9780062293084
Branch Call Number: 92 M7786f 2014
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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