Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers: A ZZ Top Guide

Whistlestop guide to the ultimate blues-rock hairballs.

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Daniels stresses that his book is by no means definitive, but

For the first 123 pages, Beer Drinkers fools you into thinking it’s a traditional biography, told via snappy narrative and second-hand quotes. It’s thorough, fact-packed, pub-quiz-winning stuff.

Beyond that, the format is more scattershot, as Daniels changes tack, offering us potted biographies of the Top’s associates, their formative blues influences and the bands who drifted into their orbit in the early years. These sections feel less essential – it’s unlikely you pick up a ZZ Top book to learn about Wet Willie – and in the Wikipedia age, so does the discography. Not one for the hardcore but, for furtive dipping, it’s bags of fun.

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Henry Yates

Henry Yates has been a freelance journalist since 2002 and written about music for titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a music pundit on Times Radio and BBC TV, and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, Kiefer Sutherland and many more.