JAM: Photography by Jay Blakesberg:
The Skinny: You haven't liked jam music for this long and not seen a picture taken by Jay Blakesberg. The
man has captured the spirit of improvisational live music for decades, and produced some of our favorite artist's most
iconic photographs. With over 300 photos taken both on and off stage of artists ranging from Sonic Youth to Del
McCoury - this is the ultimate glimpse into the jamband world.
Recommended For: Any live music lover with a coffee table.
Wild Tales - Graham Nash:
The Skinny:Neil Young's almost stream-of-consciousness autobiography "Waging Heavy Peace" was a great
go-to gift for the 2012 holiday season, and this year Graham Nash is the one spilling the beans and setting the record
straight. Nash has many stories to tell from The Hollies, CSN(Y) and his solo career. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
said, "There are indeed wild tales to tell...Nash wasn't pulling back on the lurid details."
Recommended For: The aunt who took you to your first concert or the cousin who claims to have attended
Woodstock (even though he was six at the time).
JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
- Peter Conners:
Peter Conners, author of 2009's Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a
is back with JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
. It's not just
Conners weighing in, in the preface alone you hear from John Popper (Blues Traveler), Jeff Mattson (the Zen Tricksters),
Dean Budnick, Chris Barron (The Spin Doctors) and many more.
Anyone with interest in the jam scene as it's both a perfect introduction for those
unfamiliar and contains stories likely to engage even the most devoted and knowledgeable of jam fans.
You Don't Know Me but You Don't Like Me:
Phish, Insane Clown Posse, and My Misadventures
with Two of Music's Most Maligned Tribes:
The Skinny: Author Nathan Rabin went on tour with "two of music's most maligned tribes" - the Insane
Clown Posse, and of course - Phish. The results of his two-year stunt studying the fans of ICP and Phish through a
sociological lens are hilarious, and surprising.
Recommended For: Your dad, your boss or anyone else who thinks that Phish heads are just a bunch of
smelly hippies. This book will help break the stereotype.
Poster Children: Widespread Panic - Available 11/29:
Price: $75 (Available 11/29)
The Skinny: If you've got a fan of Widespread Panic on your shopping list, you won't ever see a better coffee-
table book purchase than this one. Featuring 400+ posters from Panic shows over the years, Panic bassist Dave
Schools endorses this choice by saying, "These posters were another way for our fans to relive the show and
commemorate a good time. In a way, they were like the gatefold record cover of the by-gone vinyl era – a visual
interpretation for fans to look at while listening to our music."
Recommended For: Your friend who always gets to shows hours early so they can assure themselves of
getting the poster.
Eminent Hipsters - Donald Fagen:
The Skinny: In a book that is half memoir, half thoughtful musical analysis - Steely Dan frontman Donald
Fagen pays tribute to the "Eminent Hipsters" who inspired him as a child living in a New Jersey suburb. Covering a wide
range of topics, Fagen takes readers on a ride through his life.
Recommended For: Obviously this is the perfect gift for any Steely Dan fan, but the topics covered in this
book are so universal - any lover of music or popular culture will be enthralled by Fagen's journey.