35 Pop Gifts: A Rockin' Holiday Gift Guide
35 Pop Gifts: A Rockin' Holiday Gift Guide

Rockin' Books

Common and PEarl Jam books

Baby, it's cold outside. What better time to curl up with a book than winter, especially with new offerings for the music fan on your list from the artists themselves. Find out what makes socially conscious rapper Common tick in his hardcover memoir, released in September. On the rock end of the spectrum, Pearl Jam celebrated its 20th anniversary this autumn with a blitzkrieg of retrospective goodies, including the extensive, photo-heavy history of the Seattle band "Pearl Jam Twenty" (penned with former Billboard senior editor Jonathan Cohen and writer Mark Wilkerson). Looking for even more about Seattle rock? Check out Mark Yarm's "Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge," which features interviews with members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and many others. Need something for the pop fan in your life? Journalist Rob Tannenbaum and former Billboard editor Craig Marks' "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" peers inside the first decade of MTV's existence in this entertaining oral history.

Order Common's "One Day It'll All Make Sense" | Order "Pearl Jam Twenty"

Order "Everybody Loves Our Town" | Order "I Want My MTV"

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