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The legendary tale of industrial strength pranking, drumming, '70’s excess, big laughs, desperation, and The Who performed with gusto by Karl Howman.

Set in London, LA, and on tour with one of the world’s greatest live rock bands, The Who.

Please note: this title contains explicit language.

©1981 Peter Butler (P)2012 Talking Music

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the fantastic life of baron von moonchausen

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.


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  • TIMOTHY
  • BARRINGTON, IL, United States
  • 03-24-15

I was"Over the Moon"about the"dear boy"& this book

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.

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Dougal and Keith

Who better to tell the behind the seines of who Keith Moon Really was like Than from Dougal Ive read man who and moon books. This is another great book filling in many back stories that only Dougal and Moon could tell. Great

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  • Colin
  • 06-22-14

A Missed Opportunity

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...

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  • Pete
  • 04-17-15

10 years in the life

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.

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  • mark s
  • 02-27-15

Looney tunes

loved this audio book and even though some reviews slated the narration i thought it was creative and at times added to the atmosphere of the story. Some of the tales do make you think how sad and lonely keith must have been but nevertheless enjoyed the book and made me smile.

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  • Rose
  • 11-22-16

The man was in idiot whatever they say

I never expected this title to be a good read as such but neither did I imaging that it would be a kind of glorification of idiocy which is how it comes over though that might be the fault of the narator. Everyone knows that Keith Moon was a moron out of his head, off his face and just well, he didn't die too soon in my opinion good drummer or not. Wrecking hotels just because you can is no kind of life. However, he did what he did and that's really all the book is about though I'd say it is heavy on the justification of bad behaviour and certainly the idiot mods seemed to like it so I suppose from that point of view Keith Moon did the right thing. However I couldn't really get in to the book spending half my time trying to work out some of the initials though I did understand the slang used throughout this naration. I wonder though, how many other people will be put off by it since it is English slang rather than universal.

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