Moon grew up in Wembley, London and took up drumming in the early 1960s. After performing with local band The Beachcombers, he joined The Who in 1964, before they had recorded their first single. He stayed with the band during their rise to fame, and was quickly recognized and praised for his distinctive drumming style. While he would occasionally collaborate with other musicians, he considered The Who his main band first and foremost, and remained a member until his death. In addition to his ability as a drummer, he developed a reputation for smashing drumkits on stage, and for destroying hotel rooms while on tour, with a particular flair for blowing up toilets using cherry bombs or dynamite, and destroying television sets. He enjoyed touring and socializing, and attempted to live his entire life as one long party, being especially restless during the occasions that The Who were inactive. His 21st birthday party in Flint, Michigan has become a notable example of decadent behavior amongst rock groups.
Moon's life became darker during the 1970s, particularly after the accidental death of his chauffeur, Neil Boland, and the breakdown of his marriage. He became increasingly addicted to drinking, and his reputation started to precede him, giving him the nickname "Moon The Loon". He moved to Los Angeles for several years during the mid-1970s, during which time he attempted to make his only solo album, the poorly received Two Sides of the Moon. By the time of The Who's final tours in 1976, and particularly during filming of The Kids Are Alright and recording of Who Are You, the gradual deterioration of his condition started to show, he blacked out on stage, and he was hospitalized on several occasions.
Moon died in September 1978 after overdosing on Heminevrin, a drug designed to help him curb his chronic alcohol abuse.
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