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Keith Moon Iggy Pop Birthday Party 1974 Beverly Hills.

Keith Moon Iggy Pop Birthday Party 1974 Beverly Hills.

?Moon the Loon?

Let?s check out Keith Moon. This is a bumpy, thrill-filled ride. It seems no rocker was crazier than Moonie

Live fast and die young. Hasn?t that been the mantra of many rock stars? Or, as the Who themselves put it, ?Hope I die before I get old.?

The lifestyle?of Keith Moon, the wild drummer of the Who, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, certainly exemplifies this party-hardy lifestyle. If any rocker has partied harder than Keith Moon, who would it be?

One of the reasons the Who surged to prominence in the middle 1960s was because Keith Moon played the drums like a man possessed by a demon. He hit the drums so hard it appeared he was trying to destroy them ? as he played them. And if that wasn?t apparent, after many concerts he would kick his kit about the stage and sometimes fling it into the audience, the consequences of such recklessness be damned.

Keith Moon, commonly known to many as Moon the Loon, was also quite the joker, clown and prankster too, though his sense of humour often rubbed folks the wrong way. For instance, Moon would dress up as a Nazi officer ? accentuated by a tiny Hitlerian moustache – and then drive through a Jewish neighbourhood, throwing in a ?Sieg heil!? or two along the way. And his penchant for destroying hotel rooms became legendary, even among rockers who found this ritual de rigueur.

Likewise, Moon?s partying became monstrous in scope. He even put Jim Morrison to shame. Both would gobble pharmaceuticals by the handfuls, without even knowing for sure what the heck they were. Of course, this heedless self-indulgence came at a price for these rock superstars. Both died young, Moon at the young age of 32, though he probably looked ten years older at the time of his demise in 1978.

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What on earth is the point of a bar with no booze?

The Poms do come up with some seriously daft ideas at times…muslim immigration, joining the EU…and now booze-less bars.

Abstemious bars have also opened in Liverpool and Nottingham, and are planned for Brighton and Newcastle?two famously high-living towns. Unlike many caf?s, they stay open late. They emulate bars in other ways, with live music, comedy acts and films to pull in punters. When the lights go down and the DJ plays at Sobar, which opened in Nottingham in January, it looks like any city bar, hopes Alex Gillmore, the manager. Redemption misses the hefty profits made on alcohol, but temperance brings its own benefits. Business remains steady throughout the week rather than spiking at the weekend, says Catherine Salway, its founder. The absence of drunken, obstreperous patrons means that bouncers are unnecessary.? Read more »