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Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon



Keith Moon was more than just rock’s greatest drummer, he was a phenomenal character and an extravagant hell raiser who – in a final, uncharacteristic act of grace – actually did die before he got old. This new edition includes a newly written After word that consiers Moon’s lasting legacy, the death of John Entwistle and The Who’s ongoing career in the new millennium.

In this astonishing biography, Tony Fletcher questions the myths, avoids the time-honoured anecdotes and talks afresh to those who where closest to Moon including Kim, his wife of eight years, and Linda, his sister and Annette Walter-Lax, his main girlfriend of the final years. Also interviewed are Oliver Reed, Larry Hagman, David Putnam, Alice Cooper, Dave Edmunds, Jeff Beck, John Entwistle and many others who worked and partied with him. In interviewing over 100 people who knew Moon, Fletcher reveals the truth behind the ‘famous’ stunts that never occured – and the more outrageous ones that did! He also uncovers astonishing details about Moon’s outrageous extravagance which was financed by The Who’s American success.

632 pages

Price £20.00 $29.99

About the author:

Tony Fletcher is the bestselling author of major biographies on Keith Moon, the Smiths, and R.E.M., as well as a memoir, a novel, and a history of the New York City music scene. Born in northern England, and raised in South London, where he started his own music magazine, Jamming!, at the age of thirteen, he emigrated to New York City in the late 1980s. When not traveling with his family, he makes his home near Woodstock in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. A contributor to Salon and the Wall Street Journal, his writing has also appeared in Mojo, Rolling Stone, the Face, the New York Times, Spin, and Newsday, and he has contributed to a host of other publications, radio, and television shows worldwide.

Additional information

Weight 0.649 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 1.7 cm


What an excellent book, so many insights into the band amongst others, learnt a lot about my heroes, Better than Daltreys self penned book, this one shows the raw story, now got Pete's to read. 5 Stars
-Amazon Review
I’ve left many a rock biography on one side because of sheer boredom..but this isn’t one of them. Even welled up when he died. Lad self destructed to entertain others. Well written..
-Amazon Review
I have read many Biographies over the years, but this is certainly the best. I am old enough to have grown up listening to The Who and so the book was especially interesting for me. Don't be put off by the fact that this is a huge book, because it is a riveting read. It is honest and impartial, giving masses of material from different sources. I was not a Keith Moon fan, but that is irrelevant. I cannot praise this book highly enough, it is a fascinating, funny, sad, but always honest look at his life which makes an amazing read. You owe it to yourself to read this book, you will not be disappointed. I shall definitely read it again in the near future, as there is so much info to take in. The only problem is how you choose a book to follow it !!
-Amazon Review