Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead
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Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead

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by Billy F. Gibbons, Tom Vickers
     
 

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Billy F Gibbons’ hot rods and custom car fixation is the stuff of rock ’n’ roll legend. Beyond this bona fide bluesman’s mastery of the six-string and his love for internal combustion, one discovers a noted collector whose designs have manifested in his cars and in hundreds of mind-bending custom guitars.

In Billy F Gibbons: Rock and Roll Gearhead, ZZ Top’s

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Overview

Billy F Gibbons’ hot rods and custom car fixation is the stuff of rock ’n’ roll legend. Beyond this bona fide bluesman’s mastery of the six-string and his love for internal combustion, one discovers a noted collector whose designs have manifested in his cars and in hundreds of mind-bending custom guitars.

In Billy F Gibbons: Rock and Roll Gearhead, ZZ Top’s iconic ax man riffs on his teenage garageband years, his four-decade recording career, his experiences with icons like Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry and life on the road. He reveals the tales behind dozens of guitars from his collection that numbers more than 600. These include the famous "Furry One", the "Muddywood", constructed from a timber fallen from Muddy Waters’ childhood home and commissioned as a fundraiser for the Delta Blues Museum, and, of course, the crème de la crème, "Pearly Gates", his cherished musical companion.

Gibbons also gives the lowdown on 10 of his outstanding rods and customs, including Kopperhed, CadZZilla and the famous red Eliminator Coupe. In addition to exclusive photography by Bay Area shooter David Perry, the book features dozens of images from Gibbons’ personal archive.

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Editorial Reviews

Billy F Gibbons is a triple threat. As the lead guitarist for ZZ Top, this long-bearded Texan has won worldwide renown, sold over 20 million records, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to his onstage achievement, this true American original is the proud owner of one of the best collections of customized guitars on earth. As if that were not enough, this axe-man extraordinaire is a certified Grade Triple-A gearhead. This large-format pictorial exhibits Billy F's astonishing car and guitar collection with exclusive photography by David Perry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760322697
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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New York Times (Automotive section), June 4, 2006

“This personal album of notes and images transcend the private, because Mr. Gibbons’ private obsessions are so widely shared. His patronage of custom car builders like Boyd Coddington and Pete Chapouris is a public service.

 

"The cars and music are part of the same enterprise: creating a shared landscape of mind, a fantasy land where Mr. Gibbons’ music provides a soundtrack for imagined journeys in fantasy cars. Many will be happy to ride along.”

Road and Track, May 2007 
“The book [Billy F. Gibbons] is a fascinating look at the history of a great band and Gibbons’ life-long twin passions. His design flair and ample funds have produced a long series of hot rods."

New York Times, Nov. 10, 2005“In addition to the hundreds of guitars he has acquired, Mr. Gibbons has a celebrated stable of hot rods and custom cars … Both collections are chronicled in the just-published Rock & Roll Gearhead. It’s a combination memoir, band scrapbook and catalog of his favorite autos (including the ‘CadZZilla’ and the ‘Slampala’) and six-strings (like the cowhide-covered Fender and the Gibson in the shape of Texas) … ‘Rock ’n’ roll and automobiles have always had this synergistic connection,’ Mr. Gibbons said. He will be signing copies of the book on Monday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store at 555 Fifth Ave.”

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Meet the Author

Billy F Gibbons is known worldwide as the lead guitarist of ZZ Top, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 by Keith Richards. An avid collector, he is the driving force behind the band’s use of stunning custom cars and hot rods on its album covers and in its music videos. He lives in Houston and Los Angeles.

Tom Vickers has worked in the music industry for more than 30 years as an A&R man, journalist and producer. He resides in Los Angeles.

David Perry has had his photographs published, collected, and exhibited worldwide; his previous books include Hot Rod Pin-Ups, Hot Rod and Bordertown.

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