The Life and Death of Keith Moon

A new graphic novel tells the tale of Keith Moon, the hell-raising drummer whose playing defined the Who

Published by music specialist Omnibus Press, The Life and Death of Keith Moon is a graphic novel that tells the tale of the Who's incendiary drummer. It is based on Dear Boy, a best-selling biography by Tony Fletcher.

Born in the west London suburb of Alperton, Keith Moon joined the Who in 1964, before they had recorded their first single. His cymbal-, fill- and tom-tom-heavy drumming stye soon became one of the defining aspects of their sound as they soared to fame, becoming one of the most popular and acclaimed bands of their era.

Moon's musical success masked the turmoil of his life. On stage, he would smash up drum hits; at home and in hotels, he would blow up toilets and destroy televisions, seemingly in an attempt to appear eccentric. When the band took a break between 1971's seminal Who's Next and the mod rock opera Quadrophenia, the inactivity worsened Moon's alcoholism and drug abuse. He began acting violently towards his wife Kim Kerrigan. In 1973 he passed out during the gig. A similar incident three years later was followed by a hotel room trashing during which he cut himself, leading to a dangerous passing out. In 1978, he died after ingesting 32 clomethiazole pills.

The Life and Death of Keith Moon is a collaboration between author Jim McCarthy and illustrator Marc Olivent, who previously worked together on Reckless Life, about the 80s American rock band Guns'n'Roses. McCarthy has written graphic autobiographies of numerous bands and artists, as well as Voices of Latin Rock, which inspired a high profile concert series. Inspired by 70s and 80s Marvel comics, Olivent has created a number of comic series, including the acclaimed Dark Satanic Mills