Top Unique Gift Ideas and Books for the Music People on Your List

Still trying to wrap up your shopping? Here are our top picks for quick and clever gift ideas, and some great reading to help the musicians, theater lovers and music fans on your list entertained all winter long.


Unique and Useful Gift Ideas

Are any of your favorite rock and roll fans new parents (or parents to be)? This 100% cotton 18-24 month onesie from Fender features Jimi Hendrix and Fender’s spaghetti logo in red.

Want to give a truly one-of-a-kind gift to the drummer on your list? The Inked by Evans gift card enables you to design and purchase a personalized custom graphic front bass drum head. Choose any size from 20″ through 26″, upload your own image, add custom text and install a EMAD Resonant microphone port for one low flat price.

Add some character to your practice space or studio with This Fender wall-mount bottle opener. It is manufactured exclusively by Brown Mfg. Co., comes with two wall mounting screws, and says “Play Fender – Since 1946” on top.

Need a practical gift idea for a hardworking roadie, stagehand or theater crew member? This powerful head lamp produces a high-intensity, wide beam of light with two, four and eight LED modes.  Its dual-red LED function prevents night vision loss and its 50-degree swivel light panel makes directional lighting easy.  The elastic, adjustable head strap keeps the lamp in place, and it comes with three AAA replaceable, heavy-duty batteries. Add our fingerless gloves with a reinforced padded palm, black spandex back and adjustable wrist closure for a truly thoughtful and useful present.


Books to Inspire The Writer and Reader

Looking for the perfect gift to accompany your loved one’s first guitar? The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and reflects some of the best teaching ideas from around the world. This super-convenient Complete Edition features the new and improved method books 1, 2 and 3 spiral-bound together, available as a book only or book with three CDs.

Owning and operating a recording studio presents the same challenges faced by other businesses. In Make Money With Your Studio, successful recording studio owner Tom Volinchak reveals the ins and outs of how to turn your musical passion into a profitable venture. In this enlightening book, he covers the following themes in detail: sales and marketing techniques, promotional tools, adding value to your business, finding new business, making your studio demo, equipment tips, studio profiles, resource listings and more!

Hey, That’s My Music! – Music Supervision, Licensing, and Content Acquisition covers everything a musician or filmmaker needs to know about placing music into film, TV, games and commercials. Created for musicians and music supervisors, the book’s real-life licensing and music placement examples can lead almost anyone down the path of music rights do’s and don’ts. Music licensing and rights terms are defined, as well as detailed description on the clearance process. Culled from numerous speaking engagements and twenty-five years in the music industry, veteran music executive Brooke Wentz brings to light her thoughts on current rights issues and how we are moving closer to a copyright cartel. This book reveals the secrets to content acquisition and the innuendos involved for securing music, one of the most complex and always changing issues for both musicians and producers today.

From Option to Opening: A Guide to Producing Plays Off –Broadway is for anyone wanting to understand the process of producing Off Broadway plays from start to finish. Written in crisp, clear, non-legal language that anyone can easily understand, every page reflects the experience and expertise of Donald Farber, a well-known and highly respected theatrical attorney. The book contains detailed information on: optioning a property, raising money, obtaining a theater, dealing with the cast and other personnel, negotiating, partnerships and co-production agreements and much more. Especially useful are the updated and expanded appendices, which include all new budgets and actual examples of commonly used legal forms and contracts.

Want to hear your music on the big (or small) screen? The Reel World – 2nd Edition is an updated how-to guide that takes you inside the world of creating music for film and television. Packed with case studies and insider’s tips, this book illustrates how to ensure musical aesthetics, use the most effective technology and techniques, understand the business side of things and nurture positive relationships with everyone in the business. The author uses his real-world experience working as a composer in television and film to show you what it takes to do the job, how it’s done and how you can do it, too.

2016 saw the passing of many great musicians, including David Bowie. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met Bowie in the fall of 1971, he was just another English musician passing through New York City, but within two years, these three completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe.  Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell is the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it– as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.

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