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Heavy Metal Gift Guide 2012

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If you haven’t even started buying your Christmas presents yet, don’t fret, you’re not alone. Noisecreep has been known to procrastinate as well, so that’s why we’ve taken some time out again this year to help your cause.

We’ve put together a quick list of items that would bring a smile to any hard rock, punk and metal fan on your gift list this year. It’s never too late!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip ($35)

Back when the record business was still rolling in money, major labels would spend tons of cash on massive billboard advertising all over Los Angeles. This new book collects some of the best ones.

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Steel Panther: British Invasion DVD ($14.99)

Steel Panther are convinced it’s still 1987 and we love them for it. This new live DVD captures their sleazy essence in visual form.

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Misfits Skull Logo Baby One Piece ($21.99)

Get your baby started early.

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We Got Power: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California ($26.37)

Featuring bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion, the Southern Californian hardcore punk scene of the early ’80s is one of the most important and influential periods in underground music history. This new book compiles every issue of We Got Power!, a killer zine from the era, plus previously unpublished photos and present-day essays by members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, the Germs and many others.

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Blue Oyster Cult: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection ($117)

Ghost will be releasing their sophomore album in 2013, but why not hear where the critically acclaimed hard rock troupe ape many of their guitar riffs and vocal melody ideas from. Yep, the costumed Swedes have paid close attention to the veteran Long Island band’s back catalog and now you can too. While they’re mostly known for hits like “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Godzilla,’ this 16 CD/1DVD box set proves that Blue Oyster Cult deserve Rock and Roll Hall of Fame type of attention.

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Throbbleheads from Aggronautix ($19.95)

The folks at Aggronautix have put together a great collection of Throbblehead figures featuring miniature versions of Milo (Descendents), Andrew WK, and Keith Morris (OFF!), plus other punk rock icons. Creep out your co-workers with a few of these dudes on your desk.

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Judas Priest: Baseball Raglan T-Shirt ($15.99)

Our older readers will remember when every metal band offered these cool jerseys at their merch tables. Head over to The Rock Shop at the link below and check out some of the retro shirt designs.

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Fade to Black: Hard Rock Cover Art of the Vinyl Age ($17.59)

Fade to Black features some of the best hard rock album covers from 1965-90. Author Martin Popoff offers interesting tidbits and sometimes humorous critiques throughout the 216 covers included in the book. Fade to Black is the kind of book that any fan of the kinds of bands we cover on Noisecreep would love under the tree this year.

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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day ($19)

Back in late 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. With Jason Bonham sitting in his late father, John Bonham, the band performed 17 songs from their hallowed catalog including seminal songs “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway to Heaven.” Celebration Day captures includes the entire concert in HD video and hi-resolution audio.

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Wines That Rock ($45 for 3 bottles)

Wines That Rock have released lines inspired by the music of The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Police, Grateful Dead, and the original Woodstock festival. Each bottle features iconic art from each of the artists and in the case of the Woodstock line, its classic poster. Besides tasting great, the actual bottles look pretty kickass when you display them in your kitchen.

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Rush: 2112 Super-Deluxe Edition ($58.85)

Nerd heaven.

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All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons From the Hottest Band in the Land ($2.99)

This new eBook from regular Noisecreep contributor Chris Epting is must-read for any KISS devotee. A lifelong fan of the band, Epting takes the reader on his personal journey with the band, from the early ’70s to today. Featuring an introduction from Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, All I Really Need to Know is much more than another love letter to KISS, it’s also a touching memoir, including Epting’s teenage son, Charles (also a photographer for Noisecreep). We can’t recommend this book enough.

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