New Book by ZZ Top Legend Billy F Gibbons...All His Wildest Cars and Guitars

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The definitive and official record of ZZ Top lead guitarist and co-founder's legendary custom cars and guitars—updated on the band's 50th anniversary.

The packaging and cover of the new book Rock + Roll Gearhead

Rock + Roll Gearhead features deluxe slipcase packaging

Expanded on the occasion of ZZ Top’s 50th anniversary year, Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead (June 2, 2020; Motorbooks) 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 sixty guitars and fifteen astounding vehicles, all expounded upon by BFG himself and shown in commissioned color and artistic black-and-white photography. Cars and guitars that have made their way to light since the first edition are included:

CARS:

  • Mexican Blackbird 1958 Thunderbird
  • Quintana ’50 Ford Custom
  • El Camino Grocery-Getter custom
  • Whiskey Runner '34 Ford Coupe
  • ’51 Willys Wagon

GUITARS

  • Party Peelers John Bolin Customs
  • Neiman Marcus BFG SG
  • Nacho Telecaster
  • 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 bluesman's 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.

The authors
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.

Book Specs
Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead
By Billy F Gibbons and Tom Vickers | Photographs by David Perry
Published June 2, 2020 by Motorbooks
Hardcover with slip case, 224 pages | $50.00 USD, $65.00 CAN | ISBN: 9780760367971

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