Gift Ideas for Classic Rock Fans

Think outside the box (set)

The annual dilemma at this time of year: what do you get for the classic rock fan who already has all 91 of Frank Zappa's albums or Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to "The Times They Are A-Changin'"?

This is when we need to start thinking outside the box (set) and search for some of the not-so-obvious possibilities for holiday gift giving.



Nobody can dish the dirt better than the artists who did the dirt. Autobiographies from Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Ann and Nancy Wilson and oral histories of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix offer high gift potential for people who like to read about classic rock almost as much as they like listening to it.


The Art of Classic Rock
Harper Design

We call musicians artists (because they are) just as we apply the term to people who paint, sketch and sculpt. A few, like Grace Slick, have earned the title in both music and art. Chances are, anyone you know who likes classic rock music also likes the album covers, posters, paintings and other artistic images that helped define it.


The Rolling Stones 50 x 20
Insight Editions

You know what they say about pictures, how one of them is worth a thousand words? These highly giftable collections of photographic images often tell more about an artist's heart, soul and spirit than any quantity of words ever could.

Household Items

Peace sign toaster
Burnt Impressions

I don't mind admitting that I own a lava lamp. It isn't one of the ones I owned back in the '70s, but it's a pretty darned good replica. It stays in a closet mostly, but once in a while when the urge strikes, I pull it out, plug it up, and get a little high on some fond memories. This stuff is like that.


Woodstock red poster tee shirt

Henry David Thoreau warned us to "Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes." He probably didn't realize it at the time, but he could have been talking about the distrust of The Establishment, and the clothes that were part of that rebellion in the classic rock era.

Games & Puzzles

Classic Rock Trivial Pursuit
Trivial Pursuit™

Almost as much fun as listening to, reading about, looking at, and making toast in honor of classic rock is having the opportunity to show off how much we know about it. These potential gifts offer many such opportunities.

Trivial Pursuit


Jigsaw Puzzles

Back in the box

David Bowie - The Next Day

Finally, if you're still intent on thinking inside the box (and that's fine by me) here are five of the best albums by classic rock artists in 2013.