TodayApril 16, 2022

Rockin’ Garages with Ken Gross on Driving the Nation

2012 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS)

Lou Ann Hammond, the CEO,, talked to Ken Gross, co-author of Rockin’ Garages, another great book idea for the Holidays.

Authors Tom Cotter and Ken Gross profile each musician, revealing the story behind their music and why they collected the cars they did. Michael Alan Ross brings the words to life with pictures of the musicians and their cars.

Gross gives us some insight into the musicians and their cars. Of all the musicians Gross interviewed what is the one car Gross coveted the most?

From the Inside Flap of Rockin’ Garages:

“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 rocks most passionate gearheads. AC/DCs Brian Johnson and Pink Floyds Nick Mason discuss their love of racing; 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!

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.