Genuinely got high hopes for Keith Moon: There is No Substitute by Ian Snowball, which is published by Omnibus Press.
A 208-page hardback publication, the book is being produced with the assistance of the the Keith Moon Estate and Keith’s daughter Amanda de Wolf. It also comes with an introduction by Pete Townshend. I think that’s pretty much everything you need in terms of a seal of approval.
As for the book itself, that promises to be a tribute to The Who’s late drummer by way of a collection of ‘seen and unseen’ photographs, along with contributions from friends and fans of Keith. The end result is hopefully a record of Keith’s influence as a drummer and musician and the impact he has had on rock ‘n’ roll.
According to the pre-publicity, contributors are ‘a diverse cross section of drummers, musicians, fans, writers and people that knew him’, including the likes of Kenney Jones (who obviously took over the drum seat in The Who), Rick Buckler of The Jam, Don Powell of Slade, Mick Avory of the Kinks, Carl Palmer of ELP, Clem Burke of Blondie and the late Jack Bruce.
That’s as much as we know so far, with the exception of the shelf date, which is 16th May 2016. You can pre-order a copy now, with the hardback retailing for a discounted £19.99 on Amazon.
It might be a busy day for fans of Keith Moon too, as the same day also sees the launch of Who are You?: The Life and Death of Keith Moon graphic novel. Little known about that just now, but we are looking into it. Stay tuned.