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2011 Holiday Music Gift Guide

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With the 2011 holiday music gift giving season upon us, we thought it only appropriate to compile a list of “must have” classic rock presents for friends and loved ones. Whether you're buying for your significant other, your sibling or your strange Uncle Ernie, this gift guide will make you look like a champ. The “most wonderful time of the year” is fast approaching, so beat the rush, avoid the crowds and show your family and friends what it's really like to rock around the Christmas tree with our 2011 Holiday Music Gift Guide:

Rolling Stones Some Girls Vinyl


If you're looking to please a vinyl fan on with your holiday gift you can't miss with this 'Some Girls' colored wax. Available in four different colors, this single heavyweight LP comes in a sturdy outer sleeve and is bound to become a collectors item. Also, consider this, while everyone else is out in the front room playing holiday records — you and yours can go in another room and spin 'Miss You,' 'Far Away Eyes' 'Beast Of Burden' and 'Shattered' before Uncle Ernie realizes you've given him the slip!


Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Immersion Edition


This has been a monumental year for Pink Floyd, as the band have launched a huge campaign re-issuing their entire catalog with tender loving care. The “Immersion” series is another way to describe the motherload of deluxe packaging. In this case, the 1975 classic gets remastered and presented as a 5 disc limited edition, high quality box set featuring rare and unreleased audio and video material, plus a new 40 page oversized perfect-bound booklet and a book of original photographs. An exclusive art print, five collector cards, replica tour ticket, replica backstage pass, three clear marbles, nine coasters and a scarf are also included. Shine on!


David Bowie Let's Dance Hoodie


David Bowie's 'Lets Dance' was a number one hit back in 1983 and all these years later dancing is still, quite the rage. Who needs the red shoes mentioned in the song's lyrics when you can sport this cute pink (or white) slim fit hoodie with 'Lets Dance' printed in purple on the front? There's also, for no clear reason, a 1974 Bowie logo patch sewn on the cuff making this a hot, cozy, gift that will satisfy any glam girl you need to buy for.


AC/DC Monopoly Game


Forget about Park Place and those little red and green houses, it's time to build an AC/DC empire! The world's most popular board game has teamed up with AC/DC, creating a collectors edition of the game that celebrates the rock 'n' roll dream. Completely customized, the game features the band's most popular albums and locations instead of the traditional game's landing spots. Oh, and the tokens are a 'touch too much.' You'll get a cannon, a bundle pf dynamite, (hell's) bell, a lightning bolt, Angus' school boy hat and stacks of cash.


Jimi Hendrix Winterland Box Set


This special deluxe box set features never before released music from each of the six unforgettable Hendrix Winterland performances. Also included is a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland shows. Previously unreleased, this is an insiders look into Hendrix' approach to the guitar and songwriting techniques. A 36 page booklet with unpublished images makes this package a must have holiday music gift for any fan of the guitar legend.


Freddie Mercury Magic Tour Costume


So yeah, Halloween is over but… if you have a major Queen fan to buy for, we think they'll still love this. Consider, Freddie's trademark and highly detailed yellow jacket complete with buckles and epaulettes, plus white trousers with red and gold trim. 100% Polyester and available in multiple sizes. All net proceeds from the sale of this merchandise will be donated to The Mercury Phoenix Trust in Fighting Aids Worldwide. So truly, this is like two gifts in one. If you really want to create some magic, for a few extra dollars you can purchase the Freddie mustache to make the look complete.


Guns N Roses Pistols Watch


If there's a Guns N' Roses fan in your family you can't go wrong with this extra wide black banded watch. It's totally masculine and features silvertone around the face. No fear, this isn't one of those cheesy watches that features Axl or/and Slash's mug on it, this actually has the Guns N' Roses Logo right on the face, so when someone ask you for the time of day, you'll rock it. (Maybe someone can get Axl one, to help him start shows on time.)


Led Zeppelin Swan and Symbols Hoodie


Led Zeppelin are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their fourth album. What better way to join in than by proudly wearing the band's iconic swan and symbols on your chest? This man's black hoodie is available in S/M/L/XL and features two pockets on the front. Fashionable, warm and destined to get the Led out, this gift will make the man in your life forgive you for buying him that itchy sweater last year.


The Who Quadrophenia Director's Cut Box Set


Do you have a “mod” in the family? If so, this British sound and vision keepsake is the way to go. This stunning 'Directors Cut' of the landmark 1973 album was produced, authorized and overseen by Pete Townshend. This set features a re-master of the original double album and Townshend's previously unheard demos, including songs that didn't make the original cut. The package also includes four CDs, a DVD, a book, 7″ single and four collectable cards.


George Harrison Living in the Material World Book


This loving tribute to George coincides with the Martin Scorcese film of the same name and has been authored by Beatle George's widow Olivia Harrison. This personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia from George's life reveals the arc of his life and will be a treasure for any Beatles fan. This book is the hard cover edition and has a list price of $39.95 but if you order it from these Beatle lovin' folks you'll save a few dollars.


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