Gift guide for rock fans: 15 superstar ideas

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

Rob Halford

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has just released a new memoir, “Confess; The Autobiography.”

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

Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs at Blossom Music Center on Aug. 31, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)Amy Harris/Invision/AP

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

Ozzy in concert

FILE – This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Ozzy Osbourne performing at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Ozzy Osbourne tattoos T-shirt

This tee’s wild artwork was inspired by The Prince of Darkness’ tattoos.

$60 via

Eddie Van Halen

David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of rock band Van Halen performing in July 9th, 1978 at the Long Beach Arena. Eddie Van Halen has died at age 65 of cancer. (The Los Angeles Times/TNS)TNS

“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

The White Stripes

The White Stripes perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2003.Getty Images

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

Lollapalooza Buenos Aires 2019 - Day 3

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – MARCH 31: Lenny Kravitz performs during the third day of Lollapalooza Buenos Aires 2019 at Hipodromo de San Isidro on March 31, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Santiago Bluguermann/Getty Images)Getty Images

“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

Ron Wood, left, and Keith Richards perform with the Rolling Stones in the Carrier Dome in 1989. Photo by Harry DiOrio.

Ron Wood, left, and Keith Richards perform with the Rolling Stones in the Carrier Dome in 1989. Photo by Harry DiOrio.Harry DiOrio

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

2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Day 1

Paul Westerberg of The Replacements performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

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

Foghat retro trucker hat

Foghat retro trucker hat. (

Foghat retro trucker cap

Legitimately genius headwear design.

$20 via

Pylon vinyl reissues

The Athens, Ga. band Pylon’s 1980 debut album is among recent New West Records reissues. (New West Records)

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

Guns N’ Roses pinball

For that GN’R superfan who truly has it all … including independently wealthy gift-givers.

$9,500 via

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 hopefuls

The late Chris Cornell and Soundgarden should already have been in the Rock Hall. Voters might get a chance to fix that with the Class of 2020.ASSOCIATED PRESS

“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

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd “Delicate Sound Of Thunder – Restored, Re-edited, Remixed.” (Legacy Recordings)

“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

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell “Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963 -1967).” (

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


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