Books, CDs, games, silver fetus ornaments ... weird and wonderful gifts for the music lover
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Sunday, November 25, 2012
1/16/13 at 6:43 AM
While out and about this holiday weekend, remember why music makes you feel the way it does. Remember that it can make those closest to you feel wonderful things, too. ... Sometimes straight-up wacky things.
From a Hanson-themed ultimate fan-knowledge game to a book on Freddy Mercury of Queen, a concert video from a reunited Led Zeppelin, a Johnny Cash tribute and more, these are must-have gift items for the music lovers in your life.
Awesome: Recorded live at Austin City Limits in April, "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash" is an array of music superstars celebrating what would be the 80th birthday of The Man in Black, Johnny Cash. The CD/DVD set includes tributes by Ronnie Dunn, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, Pat Monahan of Train, Shooter Jennings, Sheryl Crow and more. $15 from Sony Legacy Recordings.
Bearded awesome: "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road," by Willie Nelson (foreword by Kinky Friedman). In this book, the country music icon reflects on his good times and bad, and his family, friends and others (including God) he's met on his remarkable journey to living legend. $22.99 from Morrow.
Weird: The Flaming Lips "Silver Trembling Fetus" ornament that frontman Wayne Coyne claims "is rumored to give off vibrations that help all humans progress toward an intelligence explosion." The 3-inch silver dangler was inspired by the band's movie "Christmas on Mars" and will put you out $40, available at the Lips' official online store: tulsaworld.com/flaminglips
Wacky: Mel Brooks has unleashed "Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy," a five DVD/one CD box set of his treasure trove of all things Brooksian. It includes interviews, film clips, rare archival TV footage, performances, tributes and more. $69.93. Limited edition autographed set is $89.93 at tulsaworld.com/melshout from Shout! Factory.
Fun: "Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender. A Life in Pictures." This official book by Sean O'Hagan is 144 pages of photos and a tribute to the iconic Queen frontman, from schoolboy to superstar. Also included is an audio CD of a rare radio interview by Mary Turner. $34.99 from Insight Editions.
Throwback: A 5-CD "complete box set" of "The Complete Beat," is e verything you ever wanted by the influential late '70s and '80s ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock act The English Beat. It also includes the rare song "March of the Swivelheads," made famous in the '80s classic movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Get all three studio albums, John Peel BBC sessions, 12-inch dub remixes and more. $49.99 from Shout! Factory
Comprehensive: Hanson fans, rejoice! The Han-Cyclopedia game takes Hanson facts and creates a trivia game filled with questions from 20-plus years of Hanson history, including details from the beginning to recording, touring and everywhere in between. Game includes a one-minute timer and 300 multiple choice trivia cards. $25, tulsaworld.com/hanson
Rockin' sale: Get your fix at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum gift shop, and get 15 percent off through Nov. 25. Use the code thanks12 when you spend more than $30 on regular-priced merchandise, including an autographed book "Faces," signed by Ron Wood, Kenny Jones and Ian McLagan; exclusive Les Paul guitar; and a six-album vinyl box set import "Sun Record Store," among other fanciful things. Learn more at tulsaworld.com/rockhall
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The Flaming Lips' "Silver Trembling Fetus" ornament "is rumored to give off vibrations that help all humans progress toward an intelligence explosion," frontman Wayne Coyne says. KEVIN PYLE/Courtesy
Mel Brooks fans will love "Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy." MARK J. TERRILL/Associated Press
A five-CD complete box set of "The Complete Beat," is everything you ever wanted by the influential late '70s and '80s ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk-rock act The English Beat. Courtesy
Find 20-plus years of history on the brothers Hanson, including details from the band's beginning, to recording, touring and everywhere in between in the Han-Cyclopedia trivia game, $25. Tulsa World file