It's Not a Rumour: A Rock and Roll Journey Through Life and Alzheimer's

It's Not a Rumour: A Rock and Roll Journey Through Life and Alzheimer's

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Frederick Moore rocked and rolled his way through life as "Rick," "Skogie," and "Freddy," almost becoming famous. He spent his 1950s Minneapolis childhood obsessively teaching himself guitar and writing songs while dodging his mother's metal spatula and a brother out to get him.

In the 1960s his bands Skogie and the Flaming Pachucos reached local stardom. After, they put everything they had into their cars and caravanned to Los Angeles. From a garage in suburban Arleta, they evolved Skogie into a new band called The Kats. In the 1980s, The Kats sold out every major club in Los Angeles--from Madame Wong's to the Whisky a Go Go, the Starwood to the Troubadour.

The Kats were offered dozens of record contracts while headlining alongside The Police, The Knack, Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, and The Motels. They turned down every single one. The 1990s and early 2000s led Moore to the computer-programming world. Coding and music seemed to go hand in hand for him, and he found himself rising through the programming ranks quickly until developing early-onset Alzheimer's.

It's Not a Rumour is an unorthodox, hysterical story of survival, and of making it big in music and life without ever making a dime. It's also about getting diagnosed with one of the most frightening diseases known to man, treating memory loss through writing, music, diet, exercise, natural supplements, and Moore's wife, Renee, with her tireless love and research needed to hold on to these memories as long as he could to share them with the world.

Author: Frederick Moore
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Published: 09/21/2021
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.43h x 5.43w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781644281833

About the Author
Frederick Moore is a prolific lead singer/songwriter/guitarist known for founding rock bands such as Minneapolis-based Skogie and the Flaming Pachucos in the 1960s and in the late 1970s with his rock/power pop band The Kats / Nu Kats, where they set attendance records at legendary Los Angeles clubs such as Whisky a Go Go, Starwood, and The Troubadour.

Freddy has written 1,000 songs from anywhere he happens to be, including basement bedrooms, lying on top of pool tables or mid-moped crashes. His published records include Skogie's Call Me Crazy produced by North Country Music, 1972 and The Butler Did It, produced by Mill City Records in 1973. Albums and EP's include Skogie's There's a String Attached to Almost Everything We Do, produced by General Records in 1974, The Nu Kats' Plastic Facts EP, produced by Rhino Records in 1980, Boy's Next Door EP, produced by Radioactive Records in 1983, The Kat Club's House Combinations, produced by General Records in 1997, Source Mississippi, produced by General Records in 2001, and los angelenos, produced by General Records in 2007. The Kats and Nu Kats' music have been spotlighted on Rhino Records' compilation album called L.A. In, in 1979 and Yes Nukes in 1981. Freddy's music is also available on iTunes by Metal Blade Records and available to stream on Spotify.

The Kats' hits It's Not a Rumour, as well as Lost My TV Guide, were featured on the television show Hollywood Heartbeat hosted by Fleetwood Mac's Bob Welch, MTV and had local radio play. His songs have appeared on movie soundtracks such as the 1982 cult horror film Parasite (in which he also co-starred as nerdy teenager Arn, with then wife Demi Moore), the 1985 movie Loose Screws II and Spring Fever, and the 2013 CW series The Carrie Diaries.

Freddy's additional filmography includes being featured in United Artists Pictures' experimental 70mm 3D film called I'm a Kat in 1979, and the music video It's Not a Rumour featuring Demi Moore and renowned cinematographer Jan de Bont, and directed by Philip Brewin Cheney. Freddy spent his life living like Wile E. Coyote, getting knocked down by anvils and popping back up.

Freddy is in late-stage Alzheimer's and living in a caregiving facility in Los Angeles, California, where his wife and love of his life for over 30 years, Renee, holds his hand. He can still tell her, "I love you."

Shannon Guyton is a Los Angeles based freelance writer and content strategist, with prior roles as managing editor at mental health site and editorial director at leading pregnancy website, She has written hundreds of articles on various topics, from parenting to human resources. She's an editor, ghostwriter, co-author, and mom of two amazing teens who thrives on helping the coolest people bring their stories to life on the page. And flavored coffee. She drinks all the flavored coffee.