Constable charges in for biography of Who bassist Entwistle

Constable charges in for biography of Who bassist Entwistle

Constable has scored an authorised biography of legendary The Who bassist John Entwistle by former Q editor-in-chief Paul Rees.

Andreas Campomar, non-fiction publisher, bought world rights from Matthew Hamilton at The Hamilton Agency. The Ox: The Last of the Great Rock Stars will be released on 12th March 2020.

The publisher said: “John Entwistle is one of the most important and influential figures in the annals of rock. Entwistle, just like Keith Richards, was a rock star of the grand old school in almost everything that he did – all swagger, joie de vivre and boundless consumption. His contemporary, Stevie Winwood once marvelled of him: ‘My God, John dresses like he’s onstage all the time.’ Even his premature death in June 2002 has entered folklore as one of rock-and-roll’s most fabled last acts.”

Rees was granted access to the archive of Entwistle’s written records and notes. "The Ox will include previously unpublished photographs from the family collection alongside excerpts from the star’s unfinished autobiography.

Son Chris Entwistle described it as: “The first, last and only authorised 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.”

Campomar added: “Entwistle remains one of the greatest bassists of all time and an authoritative biography is long overdue. Before his untimely death, Entwistle had begun to write his autobiography. Material from the three full chapters he managed to complete have been included in this book.”