The holidays are right around the corner, and in many parts of the world, it’s also hunkering-down season. Meaning: the perfect time to stay inside with a cozy blanket, hot beverage of your choice, and a good book.
As you check off your holiday gift shopping list for 2021, whether you’re in search of a music-related tome for a loved one, need inspiration for your wishlist, or just enjoy scrolling through gift guides (it’s fun, okay?) Consequence is helping narrow down your search.
Here, you’ll find our picks for the best books to give music lovers this year, especially if they happen to be a fan of artists like Japanese Breakfast, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, or Bruce Springsteen.
Check out the full gift guide below.
Michelle Zauner – Crying in H Mart
This New York Times best-selling memoir from Michelle Zauner, who performs as Japanese Breakfast, is a great gift even for those who aren’t familiar with her music. It’s a moving story of grief, family and food, as Zauner told Consequence earlier this year: “Cooking became this private ritual that I could interact with for half an hour or a couple hours, to just quietly commemorate my mom and take that time.”
Dan Ozzi – SELLOUT
For fans of the punk and hardcore scene — or music history lovers — SELLOUT: The Major Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) is a wonderful deep dive into the rising punk rock scene of the ‘90s. With original interviews from notable modern punk rock bands like Green Day, blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, and more, author Dan Ozzi details the challenges that the ‘90s DIY punk scene faced as bands struggled to choose between rising to the top or adhering to their roots.
Dave Grohl – The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music
Rock legend David Grohl has transitioned from writing music to writing stories in his book The Storyteller. In the New York Times bestseller, Grohl provides a deep dive on his life, from his early days growing up in Virginia, to Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and everything in between.
Robby Krieger – Set the Night on Fire
For any lovers of The Doors, or rock and blues fans in general, Robby Krieger’s memoir Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying, and Playing Guitar With the Doors is a must-read. The legendary guitarist reveals a glimpse into the ‘60s counterculture with his stories of The Doors’ first gigs to their rise in the rock scene, as well as more personal details of his struggles with addiction and his battle with cancer.
Andrew McMahon – Three Pianos: A Memoir
Singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon, who performs both solo and under the moniker Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, shares an intimately personal account of his life. He details growing up as a child musician prodigy, and discusses hardships, such as his battle with leukemia at age 23. The piano was there for him through it all, and McMahon shares the ways music can help us to heal and understand what matters most.
Raekwon – From Staircase to Stage
Wu-Tang Clan founding member Raekwon The Chef has been an inspiration in hip-hop for decades, and has now brought his skills on the mic to his own memoir. In From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan, Raekwon explores the roots of Wu-Tang Clan and his rise to stardom, from struggling to make ends meet to selling out stadiums around the world.
Andrew Norlen – When the Lights Are Bright Again
For the theater kid in your life, Andrew Norlen’s photo book would pair great alongside tickets to a show. When the Lights Are Bright Again: Letters and images of loss, hope, and resilience from the theater community explores the grief and hope of the theater community as it experienced the loss of live performances due to COVID-19, and how the resulting heartbreak changed performers and fans to the core. The book serves as a unique outlet of expression for the theater community, and for every copy purchased, a portion of the profits will directly benefit The Actors Fund.