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The 2016 Relix Holiday Gift Guide (Part One: Books, Festivals and More)

December 19, 2016
Looking for a unique gift that will bring a smile to the face of a friend, loved one or even yourself? Here are a few suggestions (and be sure to check out Part Two and Part Three as well for other options).

The Year of the Musician Memoir
There are so many to choose from, but here are a few of our favorites:

Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

Robbie Robertson, Testimony

Maynard James Keenan with Sarah Jensen, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

Brian Wilson with Ben Greenman, I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

Laura Jane Grace with Dan Ozzi, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout

John Doe with Tom DeSavia, Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

Phil Collins, Not Dead Yet:The Memoir

John Popper with Dean Budnick, Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed to Tell  (click here to read an except)

Books With Grateful Dead Connections

Susana Millman, Alive with the Dead: A Fly on the Wall with a Camera

Jesse Jarnow, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

Joel Selvin, Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day 

Robert Greenfield, Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III (Click here to read an except)

Buzz Poole, Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead

Michael Benson, Why the Grateful Dead Matter

Jay Blakesberg, Fare Thee Well: Celebrating the 50thAnniversary of the Grateful Dead

Bill Walton, Back from the Dead (click here to watch Bill discuss the book as part of our Relix Conversation series)

Other Tomes Well Worth Your While

Bob Boilen, Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It

Rich Cohen, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

Jeff Gold, Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges / As Told By Iggy Pop

Ben Ratliff, Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty

Alan Light, What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

Peter Ames Carlin, Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

Barney Hoskyns, Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Bob Mehr, Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements

The Mockingbird Foundation, The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band & Their Music

For the Festival of Lights, Give the Gift of Festivals
Be a mensch and treat someone (maybe yourself ) to one of these upcoming warm-weather fests (For many more events in early 2017, check out: and )

Los Muertos con Queso, Riviera Maya, Mexico, Jan. 25–28, 2017
The String Cheese Incident, Bill Kreutzmann & Bob Weir with Dave Schools, Je_ Chimenti and Tom Hamilton, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood & more

Castaway with Southern Ground Riviera Maya, Mexico, Jan. 30–Feb. 3, 2017
Zac Brown Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Toots & The Maytals, JJ Grey & Mofro and more

Looking ahead to summer, Early Bird tickets to Lockn' 2017 are available through January 6.

The current confirmed roster of artists for the event which will return to Oak Ridge Farm in Arrinton, VA on August 24-27 includes: Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, John Butler Trio, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, Brandi Carlile, Eric Krasno Band, The Revivalists, Marcus King Band, Margo Price and TAUK.

Jammin on Haight

Jammin on Haight is San Francisco’s premier stop for tie-dyed clothing and hippie ephemera. The store features current trends while also remaining true to the original psychedelic movement. Visit them at
the corner of Haight and Masonic Streets in San Francisco, or stop by online.


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