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Rockin' Garages

Collecting, Racing & Riding with Rock's Great Gearheads

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

Tom Cotter


Ken Gross


Michael Alan Ross

Format: Hardcover, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780760342497
Publisher: Motorbooks
Illustrations: 217 color & 3 b/w photos
Size: 9.875 x 11.25
Weight: 0.19 lb.
Published: Nov. 19, 2012
Price: $35.00
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"Ken Gross is one of the premiere auto writers in the United States. This is a terrific book... a great Father's Day gift and a great read." - Jay Leno

Cars and rock ‘n roll have always gone hand in hand. Whether it’s a garage band piling into some decrepit rig to get to the next gig or a killer guitar riff blasting from a Mustang, rock ‘n roll keeps us moving when we’re behind the wheel.

It’s no surprise, then, that some of the music world’s big names are also serious car guys. Jimmie Vaughn, Billy Joel, Brian Johnson (AC/DC), J Geils, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), and others each spend as much time behind the wheel as they can. Hot rods, customs, muscle cars, motorcycles, race cars, and sports cars—the variety of vehicles is as eclectic as rock ‘n roll itself.

Rockin’ Garages showcases top performers, their cars, and their garages. Authors Tom Cotter and Ken Gross profile each musician, revealing the story behind their moto-lust and what drives their car collecting. Each profile is complemented by Michael Alan Ross’ top-notch photography. Rockin’ Garages puts you behind the wheel with some of your favorite musicians.

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.

"Author David Kimble takes the reader on a road trip through the history of this iconic American sports car from the visionary fiberglass dreams of 1953 to the Roar of the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Each generation of the Corvette development, mechanical development and racing history is examined in enough detail to engross the enthusiast and intrigue the technically inclined. Particularly interesting was the consistent use by David of cutaway artwork for both chassis and engines as well as the insider and personal "behind the closed doors" insight and tidbits, maneuvering and politics at General Motors. On this its 60th Anniversary I nominate Corvette Racing as the definitive guide to Corvette, enjoyable by anyone from the staunchest Corvette fan to a novice interested in learning more about how Corvette became the enduring vision of American will, innovation and the ability to do it right, make it last, and win! Stunningly illustrated." - Racers Drive
"...an entertaining mix of horsepower and rock ’n’ roll." - The New York Times
“The book is a series of nicely illustrated personality profiles – along with some great car stories. The prose of Tom Cotter and Ken Gross and the photos of Michael Alan Ross document the connection well, capturing the variety of forms that it takes. This book is an excellent nostalgic read for a winter afternoon.” - Roundel
"Tom Cotter has done it again. The acclaimed author of The Cobra in the Barn series teamed up with Ken Gross to create an enjoyable book about rock, soul and country royalty - and their love for cars. The excellent photography by Michael Alan Ross invites the reader into the stars' garages for an intimate look at their collections... the result is not only interesting, but graphically some of the best work from its publisher, Motorbooks. We recommend it to anyone who likes music and fast cars." - Classic Motorsports
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Itroduction: Noise, Beautiful Noise

The Need For Speed
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Michael Anthony, Van Halen, Chickenfoot
Brad Whitford, Aerosmith
Sir Mix-A-Lot
Sammy Hagar
J Geils, J Geils Band

Rockin’ Racers
Brian Johnson, AC/DC
John Oates, Hall and Oates
Nick Mason, Pink Floyd
Rachel Bolan, Skid Row

Fuel Injected
Cars and Guitars
Wayne Henderson
Jol Dantzig
Chris Martin
George Frayne, Commander Cody
Collectors and Cruisers
Billy Joel
Jimmie Vaughan, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Solo Artist
Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac
Keith Urban
Arlo Guthrie
Pat Simmons, Doobie Brother

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April 17,2013
MSN.com has featured a slide show of images and profiles of some of the famous people and their cars featured in Rockin' Garages. Learn More.
April 9,2013
The March issue of Guitar Aficionado dedicated six pages to Rockin' Garages. The article starts with an introduction from author Tom Cotter, followed by three excerpts from the book. Learn More.
December 10,2012
The New York Times has recommended three Motorbooks titles among its six gift suggestions for people who like cars. The books are Rockin' Garages, History's Greatest Automotive Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed and Corvette Sixty Years. Learn More.