In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with Renee Schyjer.

Renee fell in love and married the rocker Freddy Moore who was an incredible songwriter, lyricist and musician and recently published his memoir “It’s Not a Rumour”

His memoir is a sad and raucously funny story with so many facets. Freddy and Renee’s story is a love story of true soul mates.  It speaks of his rock n roll career and his marriage to someone famous who still uses his name.

The saddest part of the story is that he has Alzheimer’s.  The book preserves his memories and all that Renee did to try and save his beautiful brain from this horrible disease.

Frederick Moore rocked and rolled his way through life as “Rick,” “Skogie,” and “Freddy,” almost becoming famous. In the 1960’s 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 1990’s and early 2000’s 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. With the help of his wife Renee and writer Shannon Guyton, Freddy could hold on to these memories long enough to share them with the world.

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