Rockin' Garages: Collecting, Racing & Riding with Rock's Great Gearheads

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Motorbooks, Nov 19, 2012 - Transportation - 192 pages
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“Terraplane Blues,” “Rocket 88,” “Little GTO,” “Mustang Sally,” “Cadillac Ranch,” “Little Red Corvette.” For nearly as long as there have been cars, musicians have penned songs about them. And no genre loves the car like rock 'n roll. Cheap gas, open roads, car radios, and rock music all came of age in the 1950s, and songwriters stepped on the gas and never looked back. Whether hauling amps to the next gig or flaunting the rewards of a chart-topping album, rockers love their cars. But for some musicians, cars aren't just a reflection of success or fodder for the next hit song—they're a full-on obsession. Rockin' Garages takes you inside the collections, behind the wheel, and on the track with 20 of rock's most passionate gearheads. AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Pink Floyd's Nick Mason discuss their love of racing; Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughn and country star Keith Urban extoll the virtues of cruising low and slow; Doobie Brother Pat Simmons and Billy Joel showcase their extensive motorcycle collections; Sammy Hagar, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Michael Anthony reveal a need for speed reflected in garages filled with Ferraris, hot rods, and muscle cars. If you love cars and rock and roll, you'll marvel at the eclectic range of vehicles inside, including Camaro, Mustang, Aston Martin, Lincoln, Lamborghini, Harley-Davidson, Porsche, Bentley, Cadillac, Triumph, and even Checker cabs! Crank up the stereo, turn the page, and get ready for a hell of a ride!

 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Preface
7
Acknowledgments
9
Noise Beautiful Noise
10
THE NEED FOR SPEED
12
ROCKIN RACERS
72
FUEL INJECTED
104
COLLECTORS AND CRUISERS
128
Photographers Notes
190
Index
191
Copyright

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The title on Tom Cotter's business card reads: "Certified Car Geek." For the past 30 years, Cotter has worked on nearly every end of the car business: mechanic, car sales, automotive public relations and marketing executive, auto racing authority, historian, racer, collector, restorer, journalist, and author. He has authored 10 automotive books, including most of the popular In the Barn series for Motorbooks. He has written for the New York Times and Road & Track magazine. Whenever he sits down at his keyboard to write another book, you can be sure that he has grease under his fingernails. Official Website: www.cobrainthebarn.com

An automobile and motorcycle enthusiast since childhood, Ken Gross was Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, for five years following a career in advertising and marketing. His car, travel, and motorcycle writing has appeared in Robb Report, the Rodder's Journal, Automobile magazine, and Road & Track.

Michael Alan Ross is a photographer who sees what turns enthusiasts on about cars. His work has been featured in advertising, auto magazines, and corporate photography collections in the United States and in Europe. Learn more about him on his website, www.michaelalanross.com.

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