Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

If you’re looking for the right gift for the music lover in your life, Lesser Gods has the perfect book. Don’t just take our word for it! Check our what holiday gift guides and best-of-the-year lists have to say.

Live Music

Lighters in the Sky by Corbin Reiff is a “must-have” for the music lover, according to the Chicago Tribune: “Music fans love nostalgia—and a good debate. So what better material to argue over than a history of the greatest concerts of the past 56 years? . . . Revisit the excitement that only live music experiences can provide.” Vinyl Me, Please called it one of “the best music books of 2017,” noting, “It’s a great book to pick up and debate with and about.”

Punk & Hardcore

Finding Joseph I by Howie Abrams and James Lathos is a “must-read for any fan of both Bad Brains and their enigmatic vocalist,” says No Echo in their holiday gift guide. This oral history of H.R. from Bad Brains was also named one of Rough Trade’s “Books of the Year.”




My Riot by Roger Miret and Jon Wiederhorn is one of Pitchfork’s Favorite Music Books of 2017: “A frank appraisal of a life filled with mistakes, triumphs, and the transcendentalism of the stage.” The Agnostic Front singer’s memoir was also recommended in No Echo’s holiday gift guide.




Last of the Giants by Mick Wall made Crave’s holiday gift guide for music lovers: “Guns N’ Roses are back on tour, but why see the past-their-prime version when you can relive their glory days through the eyes of Mick Wall, the ‘world’s most famous rock and heavy metal writer’?”




The Strokes by Cody Smyth is the first visual record of one of New York’s greatest bands. Bedford + Bowery says, “The recollections in The First Ten Years are so personal and intimate that you feel like you’re being let into one of the band’s old basement hangs at 2A.”



Trouble in Mind by Clinton Heylin is the first-ever examination of Bob Dylan’s controversial but extraordinary Gospel Years, coming on the heels of Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981. Rolling Stone calls Heylin “the world’s foremost Dylan scholar.”




Highway Star by Ian Gillan of Deep Purple is one of “the year’s best rock books,” says Loudwire in their holiday gift guide.





A Vulgar Display of Pantera by Joe Giron was featured in Metal Injection’s “ultimate guide of sweet gifts for blasters, shredders and thrashers,” recommended “for the Dimebag fans among us.”



So Let It Be Written by Mark Eglinton is the first and only biography of Metallica front man James Hetfield. Guitar World says, “Eglinton’s book provides the ultimate insider’s look at the man who turned it all around and became a metal god.”




Hip-Hop Alphabet by Howie Abrams and Michael “Kaves” McLeer is perfect for young children learning the alphabet—and their hip-hop–loving parents! XXL says, “Learn about hip-hop culture in a fun and inventive way. . . . Introduce children to hip-hop history and the wonders of reading.”



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