Little known fact. My first adventure in publishing began as a 16 year old, when I teamed up with my best friend, another ardent fan of The Who, and together we published a fanzine dedicated to the British rock band. We called it Tales from The Who, a name taken from a bootleg concert album recorded in our native Philadelphia during the ’70s. To get the zine going, we borrowed an electric typewriter, cut out pictures, collaged it all together, made copies on a photocopy machine, then started marketing the publication in Rolling Stone magazine. When actual subscriptions rolled into our P.O. Box, we couldn’t believe it.
Alas, Tales from the Who didn’t enjoy a long run. We maybe published three editions, if that. But it did teach me the value of Ray Bradbury’s saying — “The things that you love should be things that you do.” And, years later, I still get pangs of nostalgia whenever I encounter Who memorabilia on the web, whether it’s footage of Keith Moon passing out at a 1973 concert and a fan taking over, or videos that isolate the great drum, bass, guitar, and vocal tracks of The Who’s anthem, “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” And you shouldn’t begrudge me when I give you this: Goodnight Keith Moon: A Parody.
If you liked Adam Mansbach’s Go the F**k to Sleep, you’ll likely enjoy Clare Cross and Bruce Worden’s parody of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon. This twisted little rock tale can be purchased on Amazon. But it also lives freely on the web, just as it ought to. It begins:
In the great green room / There was a telephone / And a dead Keith Moon.
And Towshend jumping over the moon.
And there were four little gents pissing on cement.
And two broken sticks and a pile of sick.
Find the rest here, and, don’t be the “cool” parent who actually reads this to your kids. It is, after all, “the most inappropriate bedtime story ever,” according to The New Yorker.