Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead

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Imagine stepping out of an air-conditioned Kwik-E-Mart and into the hot summer sun, cold soda in hand, when a long-and-low baby blue '62 Chevy Impala slowly trolls into the parking lot. How about rolling to a stoplight in West Hollywood and spying a bearded motorist with an 8-ball logo on the louvered and striped hood of his BMW? There's no mistaking the common thread in these remarkable scenarios - Billy F Gibbons, be-shaded axe-man extraordinaire from ZZ TOP and certified Texas Grade-A gearhead. As with many rockers, Gibbons' jones for hot rods is the stuff of legend. But beyond this bonafide bluesman's mastery of the six-string and unrepentant love for internal combustion is a noted collector whose own designs have manifested themselves in his cars and in hundreds of mind-bending custom guitars. In "Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead", Gibbons riffs on his Texas youth, four-decade recording career, and life on the road, but also reveals the history behind dozens of guitars, including the Famed Pearly Gates, the red Gretsch given to him by Bo Diddley, and the Muddywood guitar commissioned as a fundraiser for the Delta Blues Museum. Also profiled are 10 of Gibbons' outstanding rods and customs, including Kopperhed, CadZZilla, and the Eliminator coupe. In addition to exclusive photography by Bay Area shooter David Perry, this book is illustrated with dozens of images from Gibbons' personal archive.

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It's a hell of a lot of boook for £18.99, and if you have the slightest interest in ZZ Top, hopped up old cars or guitars you'll get more than your money's worth here --Classic Cars--Mr Gibbons has a celebrated stable of hot rods and custom cars...Both collections are chronicled in Rock & Roll Gearhead. It's a combination memoir, band scrapbook, and catalog of his favourite autos ( including the CadZZilla and the Slampala) and the six-strings ( like the cowhide-covereds fendr and the Gibson the shape of Texas)...Rock n roll and automobiles have always had this synergistic connection... --New York Times--Gibbons is a noted collector of custom cars anf guitars, and his book tells the tales behind dozens of well-known guitars. It also gives the low-down on ten of Gibbon's rare and souped-up cars. Photography by Dave Perry is supplemented by a number of photos from Gibbons personal collection --Texas Driver

The amn, the cars, the guitars...and excellent insight to Billy Gibbons, the bearded and shadede axe-man form that 'Lil Ol' band ZZ Top. The book is divided into three distinct chapters all of which are as enthralling and as anecdotal as the other. Whether you're a fan of the band or not this is a brilliant read accompanied by some fantastic photographs. it's large format will take pride and place on any discerning coffee table viewed and used by all. I really like the way it's written in a friendly chatty way, often I found myself reading it in a really bad American accent...oh well...whatever floats your boat....Apart from perhaps the most famous red '33 Coupe 'The Eliminator', Gibbons also gives the lowdown of nine of his most outstanding rods and customs including Kopperhead and Cadzilla he also revelas the tales behind dozens of guitars as well as featring 'Pearly Gates' the 1959 Sunburst Les Paul tone monster he found under a bed. A fantastic read and reference book, you'll soon be digging out your early ZZ Top and crusin' the mental highways in your own bright red rod. --Pinstriping UK, May 2009

gibbons is a noted collector of custom cars anf guitars, and his book tells the tales behind dozens of well-known guitars. It also gives the low-down on ten of Gibbon's rare and souped-up cars. Photography by Dave Perry is supplemented by a number of photos from Gibbons personal collection --Texas Driver

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Praise for "Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead" "Any fan of cars or guitars will welcome this hefty document as an irresistible document of politically correct pornography, staring with envy at Gibbons' gorgeous axes and hipster wheels for hours on end."
--Jim DeRogatis, "Chicago Sun-Times""A fascinating look at the history of a great band and Gibbons' life-long twin passions."
--Peter Egan, "Road & Track""The cars and the music are part of the same enterprise: creating a shared landscape of the mind, a fantasy land where Mr. Gibbons' music provides a soundtrack for imagined journeys. . . . Many will be happy to ride along."
--"New York Times""A love letter to rodded '34 coupes, chopped Cadillacs . . . and assorted customized Gibsons, Fenders, and Magnatones, punctuated with some fine pictures of girls who seem to have had most of their clothes stolen."
--"Daily Telegraph""Part tome, part bio, and all definitively Billy."
--"Vintage Guitar""Reveals the tales behind dozens of his favorite guitars, and offers the lowdown on 10 of his hottest hot rods. . . . Of course, the book also offers plenty of Gibbons' Texas-fueled pearls of wisdom."
--"Guitar World"

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