Keith Moon, D. H. Lawrence, and Saul Bellow, Kindred Spirits

James_Wood_on_Keith_Moon.mp3Finger drumming lessons from literary critic James Wood are just are part of this great interview by Blake Eskin for The New Yorker’s podcast series. I had no idea that finger drumming was even something anyone did, but see for yourself; he’s quite decent.

The rest of the interview covers the great Who drummer Keith Moon, and his wild drumming style. Wood says Moon’s style marries a loose spontaneity with a sneaky finesse and polish, much like writers Lawrence and Bellow. Pete Townsend on his bandmate:

Keith Moon’s drumming is like someone falling down the stairs.