Rockin’ Garages with Ken Gross on Driving the Nation

Rockin’ Garages with Ken Gross on Driving the Nation

Lou Ann Hammond, 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 arent just a reflection of success or fodder for the next hit song”theyre 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, youll 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!

About the Author:

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website,, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.