This year, holiday shopping for the rock fan in your life will be even easier than learning the “Whole Lotta Love” guitar riff. There’s been a deluge of killer boxsets, memoirs and more released in 2020, to satiate our rocking at home appetites-for-destruction. Below are 15 picks, from a $20 Foghat cap to a $9,500 GN’R pinball machine.
Prince “Sign O’ The Times” reissues
Prismatic 1987 double-LP is given an excavation worthy of the late maestro’s majesty, with B-sides, outtakes and live goodies.
$30 (three-CD deluxe edition) – $300 (13 LP, one DVD super deluxe edition) via prince.com
Rob Halford “Confess: The Autobiography”
Memoir details Judas Priest frontman’s unique journey: from humble origins to heavy metal superstardom, from addiction to sobriety, from closeted to coming out.
$22 via Amazon
Tom Petty “Wildflowers & All The Rest”
Come for the late California-via-Florida tunesmith’s perfect 1994 album. Stay for a road-case-sized trove of outtakes, previously unreleased songs, personal demos and live recordings.
$20 (two-CD version) – $500 (nine LP ultra-deluxe version with exclusive seven-inch vinyl single, book, lithograph, tour program replica, etc.) via tompetty.com
Ozzy Osbourne tattoos T-shirt
This tee’s wild artwork was inspired by The Prince of Darkness’ tattoos.
$60 via ozzy.com
“Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music”
The man behind classic albums by artists ranging from Van Halen to Van Morrison tells his supersonic story, with the help of cowriter (and noted VH biographer) Greg Renoff.
$20 via amazon.com
The White Stripes “Greatest Hits”
Rediscover what made this Detroit blues-punk duo the most exciting band of the 2000s.
$15 (CD) – $30 (two LP) via thirdmanstore.com
“Let Love Rule” by Lenny Kravitz
It’s a daring move to end a rock star’s memoir before his biggest, best music begins. This foxy funk-rocker’s backstory is colorful enough to pull it off.
$15 via amazon.com
Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels Live”
One of the best Stones concert albums ever captures the band at their 1989 post-hiatus peak, plus stellar specials guests, including Axl Rose, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker.
$30 (two-CD, one DVD) – $90 (four LP) via therollingstonesshop.com
The Replacements “Pleased to Meet Me” boxset
Minneapolis ragamuffins’ acclaimed 1987 LP cleans up nicely with 29 unreleased tracks, outtakes, alternate mixes and demos.
$65 via rhino.com
Foghat retro trucker cap
Legitimately genius headwear design.
$20 via foghat.biz
Pylon vinyl reissues
R.E.M. looked up to these female-fronted, fellow Athens, Ga. musos, and the first vinyl pressings in 30 years of Pylon’s early albums contain dance-y, art-punk greatness.
$22 via https://store.newwestrecords.com/collections/pylon
Guns N’ Roses pinball
For that GN’R superfan who truly has it all … including independently wealthy gift-givers.
$9,500 via jerseyjackpinball.com
“Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell”
Journalist Corbin Reiff paints the arc of the late Soundgarden singer, whose powerful voice and smoldering intensity made his grunge eternal.
$15 via amazon.com
“Delicate Sound Of Thunder – Restored, Re-edited, Remixed” video
Pink Floyd’s mind-altering 1988 live album was always meant to be seen as well as heard. This sleek update is worth the, to quote a vintage Floyd hit, “Money.”
$20 (DVD) – $67 (Blu-ray, DVD, two CD, book, poster, etc.) via amazon.com
Joni Mitchell “Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963 -1967)”
The Canadian folk goddess’ origin story, told through nearly six hours of unreleased home, live and radio recordings, across five CDs.
$65 via jonimitchell.com
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