1 AMERICAN HAIR METAL
An awesome photographic tribute to the 1980s glam rock phenomenon, featuring hundreds of pics of rubbish (let’s be honest here) American bands like Poison, Motley Crue and Skid Row. Big, bad hair at its biggest and baddest. A great stocking filler. BUY IT
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2 THE BEST OF SMASH HITS
This book is a fitting tribute to a great British pop magazine and a fascinating insight into the Eighties – from Kylie & Jason to Maggie Thatcher. An unashamedly enjoyable blast of nostalgia. BUY IT
3 PET SHOP BOYS: CATALOGUE
As you’d expect of Neil Tennant (a former music journalist) and Chris Lowe, this is a superior music book. It’s lavish, thoughtfully edited and worthy of a place on any pop fan’s coffee table. BUY IT
4 GORILLAZ: RISE OF THE OGRE
Featuring brand new art by Gorillaz main man Jamie Hewlett, this is a visually stunning testament to one of the most original pop bands in the world. It’s more of a graphic novel than an autobiography. BUY IT
5 SOUND BITES: EATING ON TOUR WITH FRANZ FERDINAND
If you read any of FF lead singer Alex Kapranos’s food columns in The Guardian, then you’ll know what to expect from this highly entertaining book, which is a novel mixture of tour diary and cookbook. BUY IT
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