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I am a drummer, and the man who made me want to be a drummer was Keith Moon. I watched him open-mouthed on 'Ready, Steady, Go' in the 60s when I was about 10yrs old, mesmorised by his flailing arms and explosive energy, and I just knew that I wanted to do the same.
And so it was that I approached this book with a great sense f anticipation. I've read a number of books about Moonie and The Who, but never one that gace a first-hand account by someone who was actually there.
However, from the outset I found the style of writing grating, and after a while the 'Gor Blimey Guv'nor' over-the-top East End speak started top get in the way of the story. Karl Howman (an actor I've always liked) does a good job with the text, and his Moonie impression is spookily accurate, but after a while the tone wears you down. It's like being stuck in a pub with the biggest bore in the world; he talks at you, not to you.
A missed opportunity...
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was initially sceptical given the poor reviews so far, however I throughly enjoyed it.
The book isn't about the whole life of the worlds greatest rock n roll drummer but 10 years of Dougal's employment trying to keep moonie out of trouble. Tales about drugs, hookers and destroying hotel rooms are well known but the stories of moon's sheer lunacy are worth getting this book alone.
The only thing that was disappointing were the lack of stories about Keith's legendary habit of blowing up toilets but this may of been outwith Dougal's time.
Recommended if you love rock stars.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I bought two deluxe versions of Full Moon paperback. I have read that book about 10 times since the 80's. Dougal has a great way of telling a tale and he always makes me giggle. told with love and a hint of darkness, the life and times of the drummer of the world famous who band, will thrill and facinate.
What did you love best about Moon the Loon?
I assume you are asking about the book and not the lad himself. My answer is as it always is......stories stories stories. You know, insider stuff and that's what this book is all about.
What did you like best about this story?
the minor details that cause you to this you are really getting the "inside" stuff
Have you listened to any of Karl Howman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not heard anything else from this Gent. But I think he did a ball peen job.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I loved it, But yet I hated it. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me happy yet somehow sad.......extremely.
Any additional comments?
If your into Bio about your favorite counter-culture heros from the 60's, this book is great.