On the 50th anniversary of his band, ZZ Top lead guitarist and co-founder Billy F Gibbons riffs on his life as a collector and designer whose passions have manifested themselves in his renowned custom cars and guitars.
Expanded on the occasion of ZZ Top's 50th anniversary year, Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead (first published in 2005) throws wide Gibbons' garage and studio doors for an exclusive look at the exquisite vintage and way-out custom guitars and the influential hot rods and custom cars of the Grade-A Texas gearhead. From the near-mythical '59 Les Paul sunburst known as 'Pearly Gates' and the 'Furry One' of MTV renown to cars like the Eliminator, CadZZilla, and Kopperhed, they're all here-more than four dozen guitars and a dozen astounding vehicles, all expounded upon by BFG himself and shown in commissioned colour photography. Cars and guitars that have made their way to light since first publication are included:
• Mexican Blackbird 1958 Thunderbird
• Custom Scions
• Quintana '50 Ford Custom
• El Camino custom
• Whiskey Runner Ford Coupe
• '51 Jeep Wagon
• Party Peelers John Bolin Customs
• 1929 National Resonator
• 1929 Dixie Ukelele
• 1939 Rickenbacker Frying Pan
…and more! While BFG's cars 'n' guitars are the stuff of legend, no less intriguing are the tales behind his incredible music career. From teenage Houston garage rocker to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the whole story is between these covers, told in the Good Reverend Willie G's own words and illustrated with photos and memorabilia from his personal archive. As with many rockers, Billy F Gibbons jones for hot rods and customs is the stuff of legend. But beyond this bona fide bluesmans mastery of the six-string and unrepentant love for internal combustion is a noted collector whose own designs have manifested themselves in hundreds of mind-bending cars and guitars. This is the definitive and official record of that genius.
Billy F Gibbons is a musician, actor, and hot rod and car customizer perhaps best known as the lead guitarist for ZZ Top.Tom Vickers is a longtime music industry pro, having worked as a journalist, manager, A&R man, publicist, and producer.A renowned photographer residing in the Bay Area, David Perry defined the modern hot rod pin-up in the early 1990s. His other books include Hot Rod Pin-Ups and Hot Rod Kings.
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