I’ve read several books about The Who but I was especially excited to read Dear Boy as the infamous life of the manic genius that was Keith Moon is perfect material for a biography. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and as far as I know it’s regarded as a classic of the genre. It’s also incredibly weighty, the latest edition being over 600 pages in length. I”m 300 pages in and my goal is to finish it by Christmas Day. The reason quite simply is that I always get a new book (usually several) for Christmas – this year I’m hoping someone has bought me that new Lee Brilleaux biography. Anyway, so far I’m loving this book. I had high expectations as I’ve already read A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths which was also written by Tony Fletcher. His level of research is fantastic and whilst he writes with plenty of love for Keith Moon he also doesn’t shy away from highlighting his faults and failings. The book has been a serious eye-opener into Moon’s character. Some of the details regarding his relationship with his late wife Kim have made for very uncomfortable reading. It underscores what I’ve long suspected: that if Moon was growing up in more recent times he’d have been diagnosed with a condition such as ADHD or manic depression. For all of his genius he seemed like a very difficult person to deal with. A fascinating man but could I have been friends with him? Probably not as I’m too straight laced a person and I seriously lack in patience. Anyway, I’m at the dawn of the 1970s in the book, were Keith has just accidentally ran over and killed his chauffeur, Neil Boland in a tragic accident. Of course, I already know that this tale doesn’t have a happy ending, but the sense of inevitably regarding Moon’s early demise is just shocking. I really don’t think the man was meant to live a long life.
So I finished Literally, the book chronicling Pet Shop Boys first tour last night. I should have finished it a bit sooner if I’m honest, but a few days here and there of not reading slowed my progress down somewhat. What I won’t be finishing anytime soon though is my new book: The authorized biography of The Beatles by Hunter Davies. I’m 50 pages in already, astonishingly enough that’s still only the introduction, about another 30 pages to go until I come to the first chapter actually. Never the less though its become already clear that Hunter Davies clearly has a vast knowledge of The Beatles (this book was originally published in the late 60’s and has been updated) and their career, and I’m finding it a very interesting read. It will no doubt be a lot to digest though as I’m still researching their music, and other than the very basics that they come from Liverpool, that George and John are dead and so forth, I know little else about them in terms of contextual information. Still, very much looking forward to reading on and discovering more!
Currently reading this at the minute. Its an officially released and authorized book which essentially chronicles the Pet Shop Boys on their first tour, where they visited Japan then played some dates in the UK. I’m a good part of the way through it, around 210 pages or so which equates to about 12 or so chapters of the book. They’ve just left Japan and are getting ready to return to the UK. The book can be very funny in places and is also very interesting if you are a fan of Pet Shop Boys as you gain an invaluable insight into their personalities. I’ll hopefully have it finished by the end of this coming week or the start of the next!