schrade at akrobiz.com
Wed Jun 2 17:26:44 CDT 2004
Yesterday I received the new Entwistle book from Amazon.com -
BASS CULTURE: THE JOHN ENTWISTLE BASS COLLECTION.
Warning: The book is solely comprised of pictures of Entwistle's various
guitars (not just basses as the title implies). There's only *one* picture
of Entwistle himself (not counting the close-ups of his hands on pages 190 -
I'm in a band (drummer) but guitars have always fascinated me so this book
wasn't a disappointment at all.
Where the book might interest the non-gearhead & general OX/Who fan
is in its many quotes from Entwistle concerning his collection, & the settings/
backgrounds used for the pictures, those being various spots in & around his
countryside mansion which is currently up for sale.
There's a forward by Roger, a foreword by Rick Neilson (of Cheap Trick
fame, who helped compile the pictures back in '95), & a foreword from The
Yeah, it's sad looking at the pictures & thinking he's gone, & that most of
his stuff has been auctioned off, but I found myself laughing out loud at
some of his comments, in which OX's unique brand of humor comes shining
brilliantly through. A few examples:
Commenting on one of his many Fender Precision basses: "I find it amazing
to find a 43-year-old bass in such perfect condition. It must've spent its
life under someone's bed."
On another Precision: "This one came with a protective plastic back plate.
Presumably, an anti-cowboy belt buckle device."
On one of his Rickenbacker 6-strings: "I bought this for my son Christopher
when he was 6. He's 24 now so I guess he's outgrown it."
On an Alembic V Bass: "Too heavy to get off the ground but good for
On a 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG: "I still think Pete Townshend got his best
stage sound using one of these."
On his 1958 Gibson Explorer: "I paid $3750 for this in 1975 - you'd have
to sell your house to buy it now!"
On a Gibson Thunderbird bass: "Its brother no longer exists having been
decapitated by a very clumsy Keith Moon on the way off stage."
On an early Supro guitar: "One of the first guitars made especially for
On a Teisco Del Ray Spectrum guitar: "This guitar's so ugly it's beautiful.
Lotsa coloured buttons & twiddly bits. My favorite 'junk guitar'"
On a 1960's Ampeg bass: 'I think this is the bass they hand you when you
check into hell."
Ha! Classic Entwistle!
Don't be turned off by the subject matter of this book. A lot of Entwistle
comes shining through. After all, his comments reflect the strong passion
he had for music, guitars, & collecting. You can easily see that he had
loads of fun commenting on his various instruments.
Plus, as I said, the pictures are exceptionally nice & feature various settings
from his large country estate.
Great book. Gotta give this one an "A" grade.
- SCHRADE in Akron
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