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That Was Then

Article from Making Music, May 1987

keith moon

Self-confessed frustrated comedian Keith Moon, drummer for The Who pop group, was 18 years old when this picture was taken in summer 1965. The group was young too - they'd yet to record 'My Generation', and their second single 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' had been a top 10 hit a few months earlier. But the hooligan in Moon was already well developed, and at this stage he was smashing up £380 kits at regular intervals. "I've studied all the top drummers," he told an interviewer at the time, "and I guess I've taken a bit from each of them, like Gene Krupa and Shelly Manne. But it's the little extra things you do. I just can't help smashing into everything in front of me. I suppose you can call that the evolution of the Moon School of Drumming." In 1965, the evolution was about two years old. Moon had started bashing a borrowed kit when 16, playing in a group called The Altones, then The Beachcombers, then The Who (called the High Numbers for a while). "The most important thing is to be yourself," said Keith to the Swinging Sixties interviewer. "I'm a mod, and a terrible old wild one on the drums. If I change, I'm not being honest with myself."

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Making Music - May 1987


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