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The 2012 Gift Guide

More than 50 stocking-rocking presents for the music lover in your life: The best in wireless stereos, books, DVDs, headphones, box sets and much more

It's the Wi-Fi stereo of the gods: This sleek but mighty device from audiophile brand McIntosh makes for a dream office sound system. Both its styling and its sound – warm, throbbing bass, unexpectedly spacious soundstage – are pleasing retro throwbacks. But streaming technology means you can rock the room from your iPhone. ($3,000)

Coffee Table Books

The Rolling Stones: 1972, Photographs by Jim Marshall
The Rolling Stones' 1972 American tour was bigger than anything that had come before it. Marshall, who covered the tour for Life magazine, got complete access to the band, and the stunning images in this collection show the Stones in all their strung-out Exile on Main Street-era splendor – recording in Los Angeles, chilling backstage and strutting across some very lucky concert stages. ($25)

360 Sound by Sean Wilzentz
Columbia Records – home of Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, among many others – celebrates its 125th birthday with class: the label commissioned Princeton historian Wilentz to write this engrossing survey of its incredible run from John Philip Sousa to Adele. With over 300 images from the Columbia archives, 360 Sound is 2012's coffee-table must-own. ($45)

Steve Schapiro: Then and Now
This stunning coffee-table book collects 50 years of photos by Schapiro, an occasional Rolling Stone contributor. It's full of fantastic candids of film and music stars – from Robert De Niro to New Kids on the Block. ($85)

101 Essential Rock Records by Jeff Gold
This survey of "the golden age of vinyl," from Please Please Me in 1963 to Never Mind the Bollocks in 1977, is record-nerd eye candy, and an insight-filled look at how great art begets great art. Each LP cover is beautifully displayed, and an array of artists are interviewed about the records that changed their lives – from Iggy Pop on Them to David Bowie on the Velvet Underground. ($40)

Beck Hansen’s Song Reader

Some artists record with analog equipment or release tunes only on vinyl. For his new album, Beck went full-on 19th century, releasing the 20 songs as a collection of sheet music. The book, published through the McSweeneys imprint, runs 108 pages, with individual full-color song booklets. ($34)

F2 Design Concert Posters

Lubbock, Texas artist Dirk Fowler makes striking concert posters on an antique letterpress, featuring bands like Wilco, Spoon, and the Old 97's. Most of the limited edition prints sell for $30 or less; see more at

RedisCover Jigsaw Puzzles

Eight classic album covers – Nevermind, Ziggy Stardust, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and more – made into high-quality 16" x 16" jigsaw puzzles. Why didn't we think of this? ($22)

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