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Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Avon Books
Publication date February 1, 1999
Pages 608
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780380973378
ISBN-10 0380973375
Dimensions 2 by 7 by 10 in.
Weight 2.40 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $30.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
A portrait of Keith Moon, drummer of the rock & roll band the Who, celebrates his life twenty years after his death and profiles him as one of the greatest drummers in rock history despite the manic and self-destructive, hedonistic behaviors that marked his career. 30,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Keith Moon was an exception to every known rule. He revolutionized the concept of the drummer in rock & roll, leading from the back rather than offering mere support. With the Who, he achieved far greater international fame than his instrument was meant to inspire, only to treat his celebrity as an ongoing opportunity to send up the whole notion. He sneered at the dominant British stiff upper lip while appropriating it effectively enough to delete his working-class background at will. He tempted fate with an almost unparalleled intake of alcohol and drugs, beckoning the world to laugh with him at his apparent charmed existence. More than twenty years after his death, Moon is still revered as the greatest drummer in rock history and the single wildest personality in an age of pop excess. His life and work have become the stuff of legend. Here, in the pages of this masterful book, is the unvarnished truth.

Music Journalist Tony Fletcher has spent more than three years researching Keith Moon's life and interviewing dozens of Moon's friends, colleagues, and associates. The result is an instant classic, the definitive biography of one of rock's seminal figures, a work that brilliantly illuminates both the tender and self-destructive sides of this singular personality.

Wielding the force and propulsive power of a novelist, Fletcher leads the reader through Moon's whirlwind career, making his incredible creative trailblazing easily understandable even to nonmusicians. His clear-eyed reporting of Moon's hyperactive, peripatetic offstage life is compelling and comprehensive, remarkable in its ability to remain fixed on the very human being at the center of the maelstrom.

This is the story of one of the most outrageous rock stars ever born -- and one of the greatest rock biographies ever written.

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Hardcover
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from Avon Books (February 1, 1999)
9780380973378 | details & prices | 608 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 2.00 in. | 2.40 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A portrait of Keith Moon, drummer for the rock band The Who, celebrates his life twenty years after his death and profiles him as one of the greatest drummers in rock history despite the manic, self-destructive, and hedonistic behavior that marked his career
Paperback
Book cover for 9780062293084 Book cover for 9780380788279
 
Reprint edition from Harpercollins (January 21, 2014)
9780062293084 | details & prices | 608 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $22.99
About: Back in print, Moon is the brilliant and heralded biography of one of rock & roll's most notorious and beloved figures: The Who's legendary drummer Keith Moon.
from Harpercollins (September 1, 2000)
9780380788279 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $22.99
About: A portrait of Keith Moon, drummer of the rock & roll band the Who, celebrates his life twenty years after his death and profiles him as one of the greatest drummers in rock history despite the manic and self-destructive, hedonistic behaviors that marked his career.

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