‘The Yacht Rock Book,’ Sonos Speakers, and Liz Phair’s ‘Guyville’ Box


​We close out our annual collection of music-themed present tips with Motley Crue Pop Vinyl figures, a Forever Alterations box set, a book honoring the females of nation music, and extra. And if you are nonetheless on the hunt, all of this year’s earlier guides are nonetheless accessible.

The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s, by Greg Prato
AllMusic contributor Greg Prato battens down the origin story of Yacht Rock, featuring interviews with a lot of notable contributors to the genre, like John Oates, Walter Becker, Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, and Don Felder. With a forward by Fred Armisen, The Yacht Rock Book provides breezy definition to this hotly-debated category of soft, golden, windswept music. ($15.15)

Lady Stroll the Line: How the Females in Nation Music Changed Our Lives, by Holly Gleason
2018 raised awareness about the truth that when nation music written and recorded by females may possibly be critically lauded and could win CMA awards, it only gets about 1/10th as significantly radio airplay as their male counterparts do. “Females Stroll the Line” adds extra fuel to the fire with a collection of nation, folk and Americana-themed essays from females writers like Roseanne Money, Taylor Swift, Deborah Sprague, Grace Potter and Meredith Ochs. ($19.36)

AllMusic Subscription
If you are a die-really hard AllMusic user and worth the service we give, for only $12 a year think about providing oneself the present of a paid subscription. It aids the web site preserve the lights on, removes the ads, and noticeably improves web site speed for you, so in contrast to getting underwear or a nineteen-pound fruitcake, everyone is delighted. ($12/year)

Woodstalk: three Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies. Book 1, by Bruce Worden
Author/Illustrator Bruce Worden (Goodnight Keith Moon) re-imagines the Woodstock Music Festival by way of the eyes of The Zombies (Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, et al) as they are forced to battle a actual zombie outbreak. Musical in-jokes wail as Ravi Shankar, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, wide-eyed hippies in a fumbled drug deal and a frazzled Vietnam veteran band collectively to attempt to survive three days of peace, music and zombies. ($13)

Sonos Original Play:1 Wireless Speaker
Step up your streaming speaker game for any occasion with the Sonos Play:1. It really is compact, wealthy in sound, and can also be made use of for your property theater setup. Not only that, it can be made use of with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s AirPlay two and a plethora of streaming solutions aside from typical Bluetooth compatibility, so your mates will be in a position to jump appropriate in with any song at any time. ($149)

Motley Crue Funko Pop! Rocks four-Pack
We go back to the Pop Vinyl properly for adorable, scaled-down versions of the Sunset Strip’s other undesirable boys (we did GNR currently), right here in their Shout at the Devil-era duds. Don’t forget them in happier, skinnier occasions, ahead of the vehicular manslaughter, overdoses, and John Corabi. ($42.69)

Adore, Forever Alterations 50th Anniversary Edition
Love’s 1967 album went largely unnoticed upon its release, but more than time has it grown to grow to be a celebrated snapshot of the extra melancholy components of the Summer season of Adore. This reissue includes an alternate stereo mix, a mono mix, and a disc of outtakes, session highlights, single mixes, and backing tracks. ($52.99)

Liz Phair, Girly-Sound to Guyville, the 25th Anniversary
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair’s debut, Matador Records went all out. Not only by reissuing and remastering Exile in Guyville, but also releasing a restricted edition 7-LP set that involves all 3 of her legendary Girly-Sound cassettes commercially for the 1st time ever. The set also involves a book containing an oral history of the record, essays by Phair and journalist Ann Powers, and previously unpublished photographs. ($66.67)


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