Billy F Gibbons

Billy F Gibbons

Rock + Roll Gearhead

Format: Paperback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760340301
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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Now available in paperback, Billy F Gibbons throws wide his garage and studio doors for an exclusive look at his exquisite vintage and way-out custom guitars and his influential hot rods and custom cars. From the 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 ten astounding vehicles, all expounded upon by BFG himself and shown in specially commissioned color photography. And 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 rock 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.

Billy F. Gibbons, co-founder and lead guitarist of ZZ Top, is also a renowned guitar aficionado and collector.

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.

David Perryu2019s photographs have been published, collected, and exhibited worldwide; current and past examples can be seen at Perryu2019s other books include Hot Rod, Bordertown, and Hot Rod Pin-ups, Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead, and Hot Rod Kings, also from Motorbooks. Perry lives in Vallejo, California.
Format: Paperback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760340301
Illustrations: B&W: 25 - Color: 175
Size: 9 in x 10.3125 in / 229 mm x 262 mm

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.”