By Tony Fletcher

Dear Boy is the best-selling biography of Keith Moon, rock’s maximum drummer and wildest personality. Hailed by means of critics in either the united kingdom and US as a one of many maximum rock tales ever advised, it strains with lethal accuracy Moon's outstanding trip from his working-class Northwest London early life, 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 a hundred and twenty of Moon’s acquaintances, family members and co-workers. 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 staggering biography, Tony Fletcher questions the myths, avoids the time-honoured anecdotes and talks afresh to people who 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 forth who labored and partied with Moon. Fletcher finds for the 1st time the reality at the back of the 'famous' stunts that by no means happened – and the extra outrageous ones that did! He additionally uncovers striking information about Moon's outrageous extravagance which used to be financed via The who is American success.

This latest variation of pricey Boy encompasses a newly-written afterword that considers Moon's lasting legacy, the loss of life of John Entwistle and the who is ongoing profession within the new millennium.

At over 300,00 phrases lengthy pricey Boy is an acclaimed benchmark in rock biography, with over 200,000 copies now bought in a variety of variants through the world.

Illustrated with many pictures from own and Who archives.

Press reviews

“Top flight airport interpreting… a powerful success…”New Musical Express

“Extraordinarily thorough…”The Times

“Explosive and entertaining…”Vanity Fair

“Fletcher has performed the activity with clear-eyed affection for his topic… a fans’s perception tempered with journalistic distance.”Billboard

“Horrific and tremendous reading…”Q Magazine

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

“Richly anecdotal… an amazing read.”People Magazine

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

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And what used to be that first effect? A drunken, toothy grin beckoning from the interior of a track weekly? A reprinted exposure nonetheless of the good-looking teenage mod? A stay clip of his on-stage primal strength from a few long-forgotten Seventies tv exhibit? A frenetic roll via that never-ending sea of tom-toms that might have individual a Who music around the airwaves? Or a narrative of the nice man’s excesses heard from elders within the college playground or at the soccer terrace and repeated as undeniable fact? a majority of these and extra, i think, for not anyone photo takes declare as I write. ] That I observed him as soon as in his aspect (Charlton, 1976) and met him as soon as at his so much unguarded (London, August 1978) proven his heroic prestige in my brain on the time, yet that on my own was once now not adequate to maintain him there: via my paintings (and play), I quickly had met such a lot of prior idols and destiny stars that status now not garnered recognize. but Keith Moon, his younger dying might be a contributory issue, purely grew upon me as an icon. And as to me, in an effort to many others. Come the Nineties, and that i discovered that point out of his identify elicited a higher response than ever – rather from a new release that had come of age after his loss of life. His picture graced album sleeves (the Rolls Royce within the swimming pool on Oasis’ Be right here Now), ads campaigns (the photograph of Keith with a champagne bottle embedded in his wall utilized by Primal Scream) and any variety of nightclub invitations designed to attract a tender viewers with an immediately recognisable totem of hedonism. His contemporaries, in the meantime, regretted that Keith’s existence and dying were taken care of on the time no longer with the reverence not easy of an artist, yet as an never-ending resource of entertainment and tabloid reproduction. The timing for this reason seemed acceptable for a clean and thorough appraisal. it'd be pretentious to claim that I felt a calling to jot down this publication. yet Keith Moon touched my lifestyles for my part, encouraged me ideologically, encouraged me musically and entertained me professionally. I write approximately song as a part of my dwelling. and no-one else appeared to have taken up what appeared such an inviting topic. whilst I thought of all this, after which couldn't get the belief out of my head, I concluded that if his tale involved me to this quantity, then it also needs to intrigue others. between those that proved my supposition right have been at the very least publication publishers, making certain me an outlet and making sure that i might immerse myself extra in Keith Moon’s lifestyles than I had ever imagined. I set out decided to end up that Keith used to be even more than ‘Moon the Loon’, extra even than the simplest, so much influential and innovative drummer rock track has ever recognized. i wished to percentage the generosity i assumed used to be hidden beneath his extrovert external, snigger on the comedian genius that was once by no means absolutely recognized as such, diagnose his internal confusion and personal disappointment, drown myself within the alcoholic, and cry besides the tears of a clown. I remorse that I unearthed different, much less savoury features of his character too, however it used to be virtually inevitable that during trying to find the middle of this blazing comet I should still observe the darkish facet of the moon alongside my travels.

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