Fifteen studio albums, fifty million records sold, and more awards than you can shake a stick at - including an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - have made ZZ Top legends.
So, let's celebrate 'em in a fact-packed handbook that gives you the lowdown on the Texas trio that's been rocking for well over 40 years and are still going strong. What you get here is:
*The essential history of the band from their 1969 roots to the present day.
*A review of the band's studio output, plus notable tours and gigs.
*Mini-biographies of the boys, plus their influences and who they in turn have influenced.
*Awards won, plus bits and pieces of fascinating and fun trivia charting their rise to fame.
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers celebrates the music and legacy of one of America's most prominent and popular rock bands. It's everything you ever needed to know about ZZ Top, but were afraid to ask.
So, what are you waiting for? Crank up the volume and give Messrs Gibbons, Hill and Beard all your lovin'.
This is the ultimate guide to those sharp dressed men.
|Publisher:||Soundcheck Books LLP|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
The band set to work on their third studio album, Tres Hombres which was released later in the year. On January 22 and January 23, ZZ Top opened for the mighty Rolling Stones in Hawaii. Some believed that ZZ Top upstaged the Stones. David Blayney had been a roadie for the trio since 1969. He told Gary James of Classic Bands: "…back in those days when no one had a clue as to who or what ZZ Top was, when they would go out and appear to an audience that was totally cold to them and maybe they'd heard one or two songs on the radio...it blew their minds. It would catch them off guard. It was so strong coming from three pieces. It was like, how come I haven't heard of these guys? Where have they been? They would catch a lot of people by surprise. Therefore, people would go away remembering ZZ rather than the Stones. In that respect, you might say they blew the Stones off the stage.”
Table of Contents
Foreword Steven Rosen ix
Part 1 The Story of ZZ Top
Chapter 1 The Early Years: ZZ Top's Formation (1969-1971) 3
Chapter 2 La Grange: Finding A Sound (1972-1975) 21
Chapter 3 Bearded Men: Tejas And Takin' A Break (1975-1978) 28
Chapter 4 Gimme Some Lovin': A Triple Whammy (1979-1984) 37
Chapter 5 Afterburner: ZZ Top In The 1980s (1985-1990) 49
Chapter 6 Viva ZZ Top: A New Decade, A New Record Deal (1991-2000) 58
Chapter 7 The Old And The New: Chrome, Smoke & BBQ And Mescalero (2001-2005) 72
Chapter 8 Flyin' High And La Futura (2006-2013) 84
Part 2 ZZ Top's Friends and Influences
Chapter 9 ZZ Top's Associates 123
Chapter 10 ZZ Top's Blues Heroes 131
Chapter 11 ZZ Top's Rock 'n' Roll Heroes 144
Chapter 12 ZZ Top's Country And Folk Heroes 155
Chapter 13 ZZ Top's Peers 160
Chapter 14 ZZ Top's Fellow Modern Blues Rock Contemporaries 169
Part 3 ZZ Top Miscellanea
Chapter 15 ZZ Top's Enduring Legacy 183
Selective List Of Awards 183
Featured Polls 185
ZZ Top Trivia 185
Chapter 16 ZZ Top In Showbiz 189
ZZ Top On TV And Film 189
ZZ Top Non-Music Related Projects 192
Chapter 17 ZZ Top And Their Critics 193
What The Rock Scribes Think Of ZZ Top 193
Part 4 ZZ Top's Music
Chapter 18 The Music Of ZZ Top 207
Studio Albums 207
Live Albums 212
Music Videos 223
Albums Of Interest 224
Tribute Albums 225
Chapter 19 It's Not All 'Bout ZZ Top, Y'All 226
Guest Appearances 226
Chapter 20 ZZ Top Memorable Live Performances And Tours 228
Headlining Tours 228
Memorable Festival Appearances 230
Memorable TV Performances 231
Selective List Of Support Bands/Special Guests/Co-Headliners 232
Afterword Martin Popoff 235
Bibliography And Sources 238