Friday, October 13, 2006
Roy Brizio, builder of cars for Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, receives the ROCKIN' book and shows me Neil Young's '57 Biarritz
I drove over to Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco today, to give Roy his copy of ROCKIN'. He was really pleased with the book, and that made me feel terrific.
Roy has built rods for Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, as you'll when you get to pages 230 - 231.
Roy had a surprise for me. In his back lot, he has Neil Young's white '57 Cadillac Biarritz (he may be putting in a new motor for Neil). This car is shown on page 161, as it was the subject of a famous promo poster for Neil's TRANS album in 1985. Neil is holding a white Gretsch guitar in the poster shot.
Darrell Mayabb, who illustrated ROCKIN's front cover, used Neil's poster as an inspiration (substituting a red Fender guitar), but also decided (in the spirit of rock & roll improvisation) to base the cover on a '58 Biarritz. You can see in the two photos (with Roy holding both the open pagespread and the cover) the difference between the years: the '58 has dual front headlights, different style under-bumper signal lights, and a chrome strip. Same beautiful "Dagmar's" tho!
I just autographed copies of ROCKIN' for Neil and Eric--and I'll be excited to relate what they have to say.