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Billy James
Birth name Billy James
Also known as Ant-Bee
Born (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 57)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Genres Rock, jazz, experimental
Occupation(s) Musician, writer, publicist
Instruments drums, percussion, vocals
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention

Ant-Bee (stage-name for Billy James) is an American experimental musician and writer. In his musical work, he is a psychedelic era revivalist, working with members of The Mothers of Invention, the Alice Cooper Group and Captain Beefheart's Magic Band.


Billy James helped to gather together an array of guest artists on the album Midnight Daydream from Bruce Cameron.[1]


James' rock biographies, such as the book Lunar Notes - Zoot Horn Rollo's Captain Beefheart Experience[2] written with Bill Harkleroad (Zoot Horn Rollo) have been reprinted after being out of print for years by GONZO MultiMedia UK.[3]


Interviews with Billy are featured in the DVD documentaries From Straight To Bizarre - Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper and LA's Lunatic Fringe and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - In The 1960s.[4]



  1. ^ "2 June 2013 interview with Billy James". Outsight Radio Hours. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "GONZO press release". GONZO. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "27 October 2013 Interview on Outsight Radio Hours". Outsight Radio Hours. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "4 March 2012 interview with Billy James". Outsight Radio Hours. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 

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