Looking for  a present for the family member or friend who loves indie music? We’ve got some awesome indie-music books lined up for you with something for everybody. We have everything from an indie-cook book, to enjoyable fiction, to an indie-music encyclopedia. Take a look:

*Every book is available on Amazon.com with new and used copies.

Nothing Feels Good
1. Nothing Feels Good: Punk, Teenagers, and Emo
By: Andy Greenwald
“While shallow celebrities dominate the headlines, pundits bemoan the death of the music industry, and the government decries teenagers for their morals (or lack thereof) earnest, heartfelt bands like Dashboard Confessional, Jimmy Eat World, and Thursday are quietly selling hundreds of thousands of albums through dedication, relentless touring and respect for their fans. This relationship – between young people and the empathetic music that sets them off down a road of self-discovery and self-definition – is emo, a much-maligned, mocked, and misunderstood term that has existed for nearly two decades, but has flourished only recently. In Nothing Feels Good, Andy Greenwald makes the case for emo as more than a genre – it’s an essential rite of teenagehood. From the ’80s to the ’00s, from the basement to the stadium, from tour buses to chat rooms, and from the diary to the computer screen, Nothing Feels Good narrates the story of emo from the inside out and explores the way this movement is taking shape in real time and with real hearts on the line.
show i'll never forget
2. The Show I’ll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concertgoing Experience
By: Sean Manning
“In this uneven but engaging collection of essays, 50 writers recall their most memorable concert experience, spanning about 50 years of popular music history. Manning does a great job of collecting a diverse range of writers and musicians for this project, and his sequencing has the intuitive logic of a well considered set list. Though the book is chronological, the parallel movements of different musical eras are allowed to bump up against each other in fascinating ways. The pieces in this collection are most successful when they combine personal anecdotes with specific and original recollections of the band being profiled.” – Publisher’s Weekly
weird like us
3. Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America
By: Ann Powers
“In a thoughtful mixture of autobiography, journalism, and cultural criticism, Ann Powers examines how “bohemian” culture–which many consider dead and buried–has seeped into the American mainstream. While writing extensively about her own trajectory from communal living and a dead-end record-store job in San Francisco to cohabital bliss and a staff position as a rock critic for The New York Times, Powers also takes great care to include the perspectives of her peers, even when their impressions clash violently with her own. In doing so, she turns Weird Like Us into a frontline analysis of how the members of (dare we say it?) Generation X try to find significance and purpose in their lives.”
love is a mix tape
4. Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
By: Rob Sheffield

“Mix tapes: We all have our favorites. Stick one into a deck, press play, and you’re instantly transported to another time in your life. For Rob Sheffield, that time was one of miraculous love and unbearable grief. A time that spanned seven years, it started when he met the girl of his dreams, and ended when he watched her die
in his arms. Using the listings of fifteen of his favorite mix tapes, Rob shows that the power of music to build a bridge between people is stronger than death. You’ll read these words, perhaps surprisingly, with joy in your heart and a song in your head—the one that comes to mind when you think of the love of your life.”
5. An Indie boys Guide, NO LIFE To Music
By: Paul Antony
“This is a fantastic book about one persons love for live music. The book initially is based around live music, but music has the ability to trigger the memory and recall real life stories and adventures. The beauty of this book is that every person who reads it can relate to, and will have experienced such emotions, love, pain, disappointment, fulfillment, joy and laughter. It is a compelling, biographical read that won’t let you put it down.”
encyclopedia of indie rock
6. Encyclopedia of Indie Rock
By: Kerry L. Smith
Independent rock, known as indie rock (rock independent of the major label corporations), is music dedicated to the art of rock: it’s adventurous, eclectic, defiant, inventive, and restlessly creative. Encyclopedia of Indie Rock chronicles the history and development indie rock, providing students, scholars, and music fans with an extensive overview of the musical and cultural phenomenon.
7. Lost in the Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook
By: Kay Bozich Owens andLynn Owens.
“Historically, a love of cooking has been left to those considered far from cool: suburbanite Betty Crockers toiling over a hot stove. But the new youth-culture sensibility has taken over, merging the axiom “You are what you eat” with its updated mantra “You are who you listen to.” Lost in the Supermarket—yes, named for the 1979 hit by The Clash—is a creative compendium of recipes that reclaims the kitchen for the hip crowd. The book provides a connection between food and music and is full of the favorite recipes of some of indie rock’s elite. In chapters on both daily dishes and special event grub, contributions from such indie notables as Animal Collective, Black Dice, Sunset Rubdown, and Country Teasers are included, giving readers plenty to groove on, whether they’re in it for the tunes or the tastes or both.”
the indie band survival guide
8. The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself Musician
By: Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan

“In this indispensable guide for indie musicians, Chertkow and Feehan, lead members of the Chicago band “Beatnik Turtle”, explain how they have managed successfully to get their music out to the public, to produce four albums, to build a huge following and to write music for television shows and theater without the benefit of a record label. Covering topics such as building a brand, networking, Web site, getting booked, playing live and getting publicized, Chertkow and Feehan pass along advice that, while sometimes self-evident, encourages bands to exploit the Internet and to become Web savvy to make a name for themselves.  Because this lively book offers such essential guidance in these changing times, no band should be without a copy.”
No Wave
9. No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980
By: Thurston Moore, Byron Coley, and Lydia Lunch

“No Wave is the first book to visually chronicle the collision of art and punk in the New York underground of 1976 to 1980. This in depth look focuses on the punk rock, new wave, experimental music, and avant-garde  art movement of the 70s and 80s.  The book consists of 150 unforgettable images, most of which have never been published previously, and  personal interviews to create an oral history of the movement, providing a never-seen-before exploration and celebration of No Wave.”

perfect from now on

10. Perfect from Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life
By: John Sellers

“John Sellers was powerless to resist the call of indie rock — once he finally heard it. In this hilarious and revealing memoir, Sellers meticulously charts his transformation from a teenage headbanger to a thirty-something who is fixated on the obscure Ohio band “Guided By Voices”. Along the way, he commemorates the deaths of Ian Curtis and Kurt Cobain, makes a pilgrimage inspired by the Smiths, and riffs on Pavement and the other raucous bands that have ruled college radio since the 1980s. Packed with compulsively constructed lists, ridiculous formulas, and embarrassing confessions, this is a book for anybody who thinks that corporate rock still sucks.”