Books are a ‘tried and true’ Christmas gift. Think about it, a good bookstore contains information on every single topic that someone might be interested in. Building a deck? Obviously they have a book for that. Guided meditation? Yep. Unique beer coasters? Yes. You get the point. You can get a lot of your Christmas shopping done at the bookstore – and let’s face it – some of us find the whole Christmas shopping experience more than daunting.
To make things even a little easier, we’ve narrowed down some book suggestions for the music lover on your shopping list. Let us know if we missed anything in the comments.
The Wu-Tang Clan Manual
by The Rza
The ultimate Wu manual written by the master-mind and Wu beat-maker The Rza. This book is the official introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop’s original Dynasty and high-minded concept group, the Wu-Tang Clan
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World
by Robbie Robertson
Canadian legend, and The Band front-man Robbie Robertson has compiled a book full of insights from music legends and industry moguls. The book includes sections on Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan, as Robertson shares anecdotes about these artists and the influence they had on his own music. Includes two discs jammed packed with music.
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
by Michael Azerrad
This one is for the serious music fan. The person who consumes musical knowledge voraciously. The book chronicles a most-fruitful decade of indie music in the United States including bands like: Black Flag, Mission of Burma, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, Dinosaur Jr., Fugazi, and Mudhoney.
Chronicles: Volume One
by Bob Dylan
Enter the mind of one of the most gifted story-tellers of any generation through first-hand re-telling of life on the road, the music business, and a generation of music that changed a culture. Dylan’s writing is clear and filled with insight.
Love Is a Mixtape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
by Rob Sheffield
One of the most touching music books ever written. We dare you to read this book and not cry. Sheffield has created a haunting portrait of love and life all told through one of the most personal musical gifts – the mixtape.