Hosted by author Tony Fletcher
Keith Moon of The Who died at the age of just 32, on September 7, 1978. Moon’s biographer Tony Fletcher marks the 45th anniversary by hosting an interactive presentation about the man he calls “the best, most influential and revolutionary drummer rock music has ever known.” Fletcher’s book, “Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend,” was a runaway success upon initial publication 25 years ago this month and remains optioned for a movie version. Fletcher interviewed hundreds of friends, family and associates including Moon’s wife, band members, Jeff Beck and Alice Cooper – and actors such as Oliver Reed and Larry Hagman. The author will relate anecdotes from his interviews, present video footage, and will host a demonstration by drummer Jason Bowman, the Rock Academy’s co-founder. Using his own kit on stage, Bowman will break down Moon’s drumming from specific performances to demonstrate Keith’s unique style. Signed books will be available for purchase.
Tony Fletcher is the author of multiple acclaimed music biographies including Perfect Circle:The Story Of R.E.M., In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett, All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77, and A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths. Raised in the UK, where he started a music fanzine at school, Fletcher moved to New York City in the late 1980s and has been a Hudson Valley resident for almost 20 years. In addition to being an author, he works as a show director at the Rock Academy, produces two monthly podcasts, makes music for two ongoing projects, and pens regular articles at tonyfletcher.substack.com.