For Moon fans
Among the many people I could not find while researching my Keith Moon biography, back in those pre-Internet days when we had to rely on personal contacts and heavy phone directories, was John Mears. John was Keith’s north London neighbor in the late 60s/early 70s; his parents went into business with Keith at the Crown & Cushion hotel in Chipping Norton, and John became Keith Moon’s “driver” in 1970. He was a brave man to do so: the previous driver, Neil Boland, had died under the wheels of Keith’s car.
Mears survived to tell some tales, in a series of e-mails to Who collector Joe Giorgianni. These recollections are posted on Joe’s Who web site, here. They’ve been on line for a while, but Joe got back in touch with me last week after the Final 24 Keith Moon episode, and knowing how many Moon fans visit this site, it makes sense for me to pass along the link. In between the appalling spelling (Warder Street!) are some classic Moon anecdotes – though it’s a little disturbing to see how rapidly, in Mears’ eyes, Keith appears to have bounced back from the death of Neil Boland.