BOOK SUMMARY (1 of 6)
Peter 'Dougal' Butler spent 1967-1977 as a Who roadie, then as the close friend and personal assistant of Keith Moon. His duties were various:
Build a ramp against the perimeter hedge of their Malibu home, enabling Moon to mount a motorcycle dressed as a Nazi officer before roaring up the ramp and over into the garden of his startled neighbour, actor Steve McQueen.
BOOK SUMMARY (2 of 6)
Lead doctor behind drum riser during a festival gig by The Who (after Moon had fallen asleep twice onstage following a mix of heavy tranquilisers and brandy). Mid-song, Dougal yells instruction to Moon that he must stop playing the kick drum so the 'doctor' can administer an adrenalin injection via his ankle.
BOOK SUMMARY (3 of 6)
Moon the Loon was well reviewed on its first appearance in the early 1980’s and is regarded as the most authentic eye-witness account of Keith Moon's day to day life during the ten years leading up to his death at the age of 32 in 1978. It’s read with gusto by Karl Howman, who himself features in the book as a young film and theatre actor taken under the unsteady wing of Moon (who at one point, insists on trying to join his young friend and Helen Mirren on stage at London’s Royal Court Theatre for their bow).
BOOK SUMMARY (4 of 6)
Butler is an astute observer of the habits and behaviour of the 70’s rock and showbiz set in New York, LA and London. We also get backstage with The Who in small UK clubs and US stadiums. Alongside the orgies and exploding toilets, Butler offers many on-the-money conclusions about his close friend :
'He would do anything if he knew that there were enough people around who didn't want him to do it.'
BOOK SUMMARY (5 of 6)
Mind you, attitudes to women who were not famous or close friends are very much of their time - think Tap’s Smell the Glove, rather than Manilow’s Mandy.
BOOK SUMMARY (6 of 6)
Moon the loon is an unlikely, touching tale of bad behaviour and good friendship with a musical legend who is still rated as one of the world’s greatest drummers decades after death ages 32. There’s also cameos from John Lennon, Led Zepplin, Liberace and a wide range of wrecked sports cars, hotels and relationships.