Holiday Gifts 2016: Here’s the Best in New Books and Box Sets

December 7th, 2016

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George Harrison: I Me Mine: The Extended Edition
(Genesis Publications)
This new edition of George Harrison’s 1980 autobiography expands upon the original, covering the full span of the late guitarist’s life in his own words and including 53 rare photographs from his life along with lyric sheets to 141 of his songs reproduced in facsimile. The full-color book comes with a seven-inch vinyl record featuring two yet-to-be-confirmed tracks exclusive to this limited edition of 1,000 numbered and estate-stamped box sets.
£325 (632 pages)
genesis-publications.com

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Pink Floyd: The Early Years: 1965–1972
(Pink Floyd Records & Sony Legacy)
This nearly comprehensive overview of Pink Floyd’s early years features a whopping 27 discs containing TV recordings, BBC sessions, unreleased tracks, outtakes, demos, and more. The rarities include 20 unreleased songs and 14 hours of previously unreleased live audio and concert footage. The box also features reproductions of Floyd memorabilia and seven-inch singles in replica sleeves.
$550 (27 CDs)
shop.pinkfloyd.com

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The Bob King Collection 

(New Holland Publishers)
Bob King started his photography career in 1964 when he captured the Beatles at Sydney Stadium in Australia. As that country’s longest-serving photographer, he’s shot virtually every visiting concert act of consequence. The Bob King Collection presents more than 600 of his iconic images in a 400-page hardcover book. Among the artists included are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, U2, AC/DC, Queen, David Bowie, Dire Straits, Foo Fighters, and numerous others.
$75 (400 pages)
us.newhollandpublishers.com

final-mg_0646Sheldon Urlik: A Collection of Fine Spanish Guitars from Torres to the Present
(Sunny Knoll Publishing)
Sheldon Urlik’s private collection of classical and flamenco guitars isn’t open for public viewing, but you can see 82 of the instruments in his well-illustrated tome. The Spanish guitars presented here are among the finest and most precious examples in existence and span the modern era, from Torres’ mid-19th century masterpieces to the present. Each guitar is brought to life with descriptions, insights, anecdotes, and photographs. Better still, you can hear all 82 specimens on the three included CDs.
$164.95 (224 pages)
sunnyknollpublishing.com

This is an excerpt from the November/December 2016 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For this story, plus features on actor Kiefer Sutherland and his debut country-rock album, Jerry Garcia’s famed Doug Irwin Tiger and its encore appearance with Warren Haynes and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, Scott Tennant’s project that brings together Andrés Segovia’s guitar and the master’s unheard works, electric guitar pioneer Charlie Christian and his impact on the instrument’s importance, the annual Guitar Aficionado Holiday Gift Guide and much more, purchase this issue of Guitar Aficionado online by clicking anywhere in this text.

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