By Tony Fletcher
Keith Moon used to be greater than simply rock's maximum drummer, he was once an exquisite personality and an extravagant hell raiser who - in a last, uncharacteristic act of grace - truly did die earlier than he received outdated. This re-creation features a newly written After be aware that consiers Moon's lasting legacy, the dying of John Entwistle and The Who's ongoing occupation within the new millennium. during this dazzling biography, Tony Fletcher questions the myths, avoids the time-honoured anecdotes and talks afresh to people who the place closest to Moon together with Kim, his spouse of 8 years, and Linda, his sister and Annette Walter-Lax, his major female friend of the 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 him. In interviewing over a hundred those who knew Moon, Fletcher finds the reality in the back of the 'famous' stunts that by no means occured - and the extra outrageous ones that did! He additionally uncovers magnificent information about Moon's outrageous extravagance which used to be financed through The Who's American luck.
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