From Library Journal
For 25 years, the thunderous Texas twang and turbo-charged blues of ZZ Top have scorched pop music hearts and charts. You might expect that a behind the ob-scenes rock memoir written by a veteran roadie would be on the ripe side of raunchy, and this insider's account of life under the big ZZ Top will not disappoint. In his 15 years with Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, and control-freak manager Bill Ham, Blayney schlepped, drove, and partied his way through innumerable tours and concerts, accruing a wealth of stories that in their presentation and language are reminiscent of listening to an extended barroom monolog in some Texas dive. Be forewarned that the prose is at times very raw, as when Blayney alliteratively describes a drinking contest with drummer Beard: "my throat was hotter than a fresh-fucked fox from a flamin' forest fire." Blayney also conveys a genuine love of the music and the band. Not for the faint of heart or politically correct, but if you have always wanted to steal a peek behind those stony shades and Smith Brothers' beards, read this.Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., Tex.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
ZZ Top was once one of the top rock concert draws. Its popularity has since ebbed a bit, but the trio, purveyor of a music called Texas boogie, remains, thanks to the Father Time beards two members sport and the dark glasses all three wear, a familiar entity. In this chronicle of the band's career, Blayney, a longtime friend and employee who has known band leader Billy Gibbons since high school, takes us back to the formation of the band in the late 1960s, through personnel changes, and into the promised land of stardom. Along the way, he relays plenty of adventures, high times, and low comedy. Like Marcus' Mystery Train
or White's Catch a Fire
, this book is about rock music as both art and life-style. Though ZZ Top's commercial potency has waned somewhat, its story is thoroughly enjoyable and an important contribution to the study of regional forms of rock music and the rock ethos. Mike Tribby