John Entwistle Biography, “The Ox”, Now Available
If you’re looking for something worthwhile to read, you’re in luck. Hachette Books has just released The Ox, a biography of the late, great John Entwistle written by Paul Rees. The detailed book is based on the notes and memoirs for a book that The Who bassist was working on before his death in 2002.
Entwistle’s son, Chris, calls the book “The first, last and only authorized biography of Dad. Meticulously researched, interviewed and written. Often funny, sometimes painful. It’s a ‘warts ‘n’ all’ insight into the life of John ‘The Ox’ Entwistle.”
The book is filled out by interviews with family and friends of the bass pioneer. Each story helps to explore the dichotomy of Entwistle’s life. “On the one hand, he was the rock star incarnate — larger than life, self-obsessed to a fault, and proudly and almost defiantly so,” a press release explains. “Extravagant with money, he famously shipped vintage American cars across the Atlantic without having so much as a driver’s license, built exponentially bigger and grandiose bars into every home he owned, and amassed an extraordinary collection of possessions, from armor and weaponry to his patented Cuban-heel boots. But beneath this fame and flutter, he was also a man of simple tastes and traditional opinions. He was a devoted father and family man who loved nothing more than to wake up to a full English breakfast, or to have a supper of fish, chips, and a pint at his local pub.”