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The Ox

The Ox

The Authorized Biography of The Who's John Entwistle

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"The definitive, no-holds-barred biography of John Entwistle, The Who's legendary bass guitarist. It is an unequivocal fact that in terms of rock bands, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who represent Year Zero; the beginning of all things, ground-breakers all. To that incontrovertible end, John Entwistle- The Who's beloved bassist- remains an enigmatic yet undeniably influential figure. However, unlike his fellow musicians, Entwistle has yet to be the subject of a major biography. In the years since his death, his enduring legacy has been carefully guarded by his loved ones, preventing potential biographers from gaining close enough access to write a definitive account of his life- until now. For the first time, and with the full co-operation of the Entwistle family, The Ox shines a long overdue light on one of the most important figures in rock history."--Cover flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hachette Books, , 2020
Edition: First U.S. Edition April 2020
ISBN: 9780306922855
0306922851
Branch Call Number: 92 En877r 2020
Characteristics: viii, 344 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_NormS Mar 10, 2021

Paul Rees has written “The Ox: The Authorized Biography of The Who’s John Entwistle”, and while this is an excellent book, in all honesty, it is another one of those sad rock bios with an unhappy ending. Entwistle died of a heart attack in June of 2002 on the eve of a North American tour by The W... Read More »


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PimaLib_NormS Mar 10, 2021

Paul Rees has written “The Ox: The Authorized Biography of The Who’s John Entwistle”, and while this is an excellent book, in all honesty, it is another one of those sad rock bios with an unhappy ending. Entwistle died of a heart attack in June of 2002 on the eve of a North American tour by The Who. Although an autopsy revealed he had cocaine in his system, his death was not an overdose. Years of drug and alcohol abuse exacerbated an underlying heart condition. He had one artery that was completely blocked, and two others had partial blockages. He also suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, yet took no heed of the warnings his body was giving him. Basically he was a heart attack waiting to happen and the way he chose to live hurried it along, as he continued to burn the candle at both ends. He overindulged in drugs, drink, sex, guitars, cars, houses, and whatever else in which one can overindulge. And, he loved being seen doing it, blowing through his fortune and his life as if each were limitless. Guess he thought it was better to burn out than fade away, as they say. So, John Entwistle ended up on the list of self-destructive rock stars who died too early. “The Ox” provides much detail and context to his life and death. To us fans, his death seems like such a colossal waste. But, who are we to judge? John Entwistle lived his life as he wanted to live it. He was a rock star who greatly enjoyed being a rock star. We may be sad, and maybe angry, too, at his premature death. Being the greatest bass guitarist rock has ever known was his gift to his fans. He didn’t owe us anything else.

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