PopMatters has a very helpful ongoing holiday gift guide called “Consuming Consumables” that lists the best books, music and film gifts for the pop culture junky on your list. And today they feature 33 1/3 Greatest Hits Volume 2, which I would absolutely give to someone this Christmas if it didn’t send the message that “I care so much about you that I took this book from work for free.”
“For all of us that were buying records way before back-catalogue compilations and the mp3 came to dominate the music scene, the 33 1/3 series of short books, each dealing with a different LP, make for perfect stocking fillers. Then comes the obligatory Greatest Hits, a digest of some of the best writing from the series. With the release of Volume 2 there is the usual mix of insightful personal experiences and professional encounters with the various artists. From pop to hip-hop, this book is guaranteed to shift Christmas Day away from the turkey and the inevitable re-run of It’s a Wondeful Life to a raiding of the record collection at hand.”
PS: I wouldn’t say no to a copy of this.