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Full Moon: The Amazing Rock and Roll Life of Keith Moon

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With Chris Trengove and Peter Lawrence. In 1967 Peter 'Dougal' Butler became a roadie for the Who and their mercurial genius drummer Keith Moon. Soon he would be Moon's personal assistant, chauffeur, and all-purpose wingman. The ride lasted a tumultuous ten years, ending just prior to Moon's untimely death in 1978. "Full Moon" is Butler's memoir of that ride: essential rea ...more
ebook, First Ebook Edition, 250 pages
Published June 8th 2012 by Faber and Faber Ltd (first published 1981)
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Alex
Jan 15, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
For a told-to memoir of the drug-addled days of a rock-n-roll drummer and his p.a., this book is surprisingly well-told and often hilarious. The scribes kept the author's cockney voice, which is a part of what makes it work so well (there's even a glossary in the back of the book as an added bonus--which is a bit like A Clockwork Orange, come to think of it). I read this in high school (I was and am a huge Who fan), picked it up recently to peruse, and was amazed at how engaging I still found it ...more
Fishface
The disjointed, out-of-sequence, alcohol-fogged memoir of Keith Moon's handler, who was expected to stay one step ahead of his employer's hijinks, keep him out of trouble and apparently match him drink for drink for ten solid years. This book got me all brushed up on my Cockney rhyming slang and reminded me, over and over, to be careful what I wish for. A book full of unbelievable memories, hilarity, regrets, incredible success and grinding failures. If you ever wondered how being a rock star sh ...more
Steve
Nov 25, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wild romp through a rock & roll life. Nonstop mischief, lots of televisions destroyed, tasteless pranks, brandy & ginger ale. My kind of guy!
Gregory Tkac
Jan 12, 2012 Gregory Tkac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential background on the insanity of one of the best drummers who ever lived (and definitely one of the craziest people who ever lived as well).
Jennifer
Sep 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book rocks.
Love the glossary at the end.
And seriously the more I think about it the more corellations to "A Clockwork Orange" I come up with...
Andrew Heitzman
Jun 08, 2017 Andrew Heitzman rated it really liked it
More than anything else, this book is about an idea. I came into it expecting (and having heard about) factual inaccuracies and oversimplification, but quickly you come to understand none of that matters. Keith's life is best represented by an understanding of him as a person, and this book helps provide that. Plus, Dougal's cockney is amazing to read.
Hilary
Well, it certainly did take me a while to read this book.

I'd been interested in reading this book for many, many years. Originally this book was released around 1980, and only went through a single printing if I'm not mistaken. Being how it was around '05 or '06 that I first heard of this book it was already long out of print, copies of it for sale were startlingly rare, and it was a lucky day when you could find a copy for sale for $80. On an unlucky day it could go up to $300 easy.

The ebook t
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Enty Quadrophenia
Who better to tell tales of Keith Moon's insanity than one of the people who knew him best; his driver/roadie/keeper Dougal Butler (the one forever immortalized in John Entwistle's classic song "Cell Number Seven")? Regaling us with stories that leave one (or, at least, this reader) frequently breathless with laughter, Dougal gives us a unique perspective on one of the most notorious, difficult-to-understand, misunderstood rock musicians. Sparing no details and not bothering to try to airbrush M ...more
David Price
Mar 31, 2012 David Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book back in the late '70s. Every time I tried to read it I was put off by the present tense writing style Butler uses. I finally pulled it back off the shelf trudged through a couple of chapters and have enjoyed the book after getting past Butler's writing style. In this case I believe the editors did him a disservice in the way they approved this style of writing, if a co-author with writing experience had been utilized, Dougal's stories would have reached a much wider audience. ...more
Lastwolf
Jun 30, 2013 Lastwolf rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Hard going. Written with liberal amounts of slang and with little regard to reader sensitivity.
What might be called a warts and all account of the Rock stars wild, sad life. But not a book I particularly enjoyed.
Kathy
May 03, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
hysterically funny and achingly sad.
Rob
Aug 14, 2008 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
quite simply, one of the best - and most hilarious - rock and roll books ever written. criminally out-of-print.
Valerie Sherman
Dec 03, 2007 Valerie Sherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So hilarious!
patty
Full of mirth and merriment!
Guy
Oct 18, 2016 Guy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**1/2
Vittorio
Sep 17, 2007 Vittorio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amusing book on my all time favorite drummer (my lost friend Golden Elvis was like a Moon reincarnation). The Moon glossary elevated this up a full notch.
Russ
Nov 30, 2007 Russ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who fans
Trys to seperate the myth from fact in regards to the zany world of Keith Moon.
He was a legandary partier.
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