1.The Moz, Marijuana & More!

1/10

SPIN's David Marchese offers his picks for the season's best page-turners for the music lover who wants the stories beyond the sounds, from reefer to riot grrrls, from punks to rappers.
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2.The Moz, Marijuana & More!

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SPIN's David Marchese offers his picks for the season's best page-turners for the music lover who wants the stories beyond the sounds, from reefer to riot grrrls, from punks to rappers.
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The December issue of SPIN featuring My Chemical Romance
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3.Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and the Smiths by Simon Goddard

3/10

Heaven knows that with 600 entries (so that's who "You're the One for Me Fatty" is about!), this comprehensive collection of arcana is sure to make your favorite Smithsophile feel less miserable -- for at least a little while.

Penguin Group, $30

4.Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide by Shirley Halperin and Steve Bloom

4/10

Noted cineastes Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz, and, of course, Cheech & Chong contribute to this compendium of the screen's green­est moments. Best enjoyed with a bowl of peanut-butter-topped Cheez-Its, or so we've been told.

Abrams Books, $19

5.The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop by Dan Charnas

5/10

Pulitzer-level reporting -- Charnas interviewed more than 300 subjects -- brings to life the story of the dollars behind the ballers in this absorbing account of hip-hop's transformation from South Bronx cottage industry to multibillion-dollar global business.

Penguin Group, $25

6.Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

6/10

By partaking judiciously of both retrospective cheerleading and brainy theorizing, Marcus' smartly lyrical book instantly assumes its place as the authoritative history of rock's first widespread feminist uprising. Buy it for your little brother.

HarperCollins, $15

7.Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine, '79-'83 by Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson

7/10

All 22 issues of the pioneering Michigan aggro punk rag -- later spun off into an influential record label -- are collected in this funny, rude, and heartfelt testament, which also includes essays from scene icons Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye.

Bazillion Points, $30

8.The Art of British Rock: 50 Years of Rock Posters, Flyers, and Handbills by Mike Evans

8/10

The dizzying range of art on display here -- exuberant Swinging London band portraits, fantastical prog album covers, sardonic punk posters, swaggering Second British Invasion paraphernalia -- is enough to make all that stiff-upper-lip business seem like bunk.

Frances Lincoln, $35

9.Fanzines: The DIY Revolution by Teal Triggs

9/10

Whether you're a budding blogger unfamiliar with your format's analog ancestors or someone whose hands are still stained from mimeograph ink, you'll find in Fanzines an inspiring recounting of people’s zest for spreading the (printed) word about the subjects they love -- no matter how many people might be reading.

Chronicle Books, $40 -- Get 35% off this book now (plus free shipping)! Use the promo code "FRIENDS" at checkout. Ends December 5.

10.Joy Division by Kevin Cummins

10/10

Obviously, a book of Joy Division photos is going to be full of moody black-and-white scenes of rock's grimmest reapers looking haunted and forlorn amongst the bleak cityscape of Ian Curtis and Co.'s native Manchester, but photographer Cummins' unparalleled access allowed him to create the definitive visual summation of the band’s deathless appeal.

Rizzoli USA, $45