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.
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.