SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — For me, 2023 was a year of escapism. Music proved to be something of a safe harbor when the sea became too rough to navigate. So, this year’s guide includes a nod to some of the artists who kept me reasonably sane, a few old familiars, as well as a few of the more interesting merchandise items that made their way into my email or distracted me as I made my way through curation of this year’s gift guides. It also features the coolest advent calendar that I’ve ever seen. If there’s a Beatle fan in your life, you’re definitely going to want to track one down.
Miles Davis and the Search for the Sound by Dave Chisholm
Publisher Description: The graphic novel chronicles Davis’ journey from his childhood in Illinois to mastering jazz improvisation throughout the ’40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. These formative experiences led him to redefine the form again and again, culminating into the psychedelic frontiers of afro futurism throughout the ‘70s and beyond. Cartoonist Dave Chisholm, who received his doctorate in Jazz Trumpet from the Eastman School of Music, takes readers on a meticulously researched odyssey charting this dynamic figure’s musical evolution. Throughout, Chisholm centers on the one obsession threaded throughout Davis’ sprawling career: a restless search for the sound. A search that shattered and redefined the limits of what jazz—and music—could be.
Studio Synopsis: The brief but incandescent life of rock-and-roll trailblazer Ritchie Valens is immortalized in this enthralling biopic from another Mexican American icon, Luis Valdez, the father of Chicano cinema. With sweetness and swagger, Lou Diamond Phillips embodies the 1950s California teenager who, forged by his fiercely supportive mother (Rosana DeSoto) and rebellious brother (Esai Morales), rises from his farm-working roots to chart-topping fame in the early days of rock—until one fateful night that haunts music history. Propelled by a hip-shaking soundtrack featuring Los Lobos and Carlos Santana, "La Bamba" captures the electric vitality of an artist who bridged cultures to create his own American dream.
An ecstatic voyage through the creative and spiritual universe of David Bowie, "Moonage Daydream" is a fittingly unclassifiable tribute to the shape-shifting rock iconoclast and his singular sound and vision. Exploding the conventions of the music documentary, director Brett Morgen remixes dazzling, never-before-seen footage of the artist throughout his career, reveling in his otherworldly presence while revealing the restless philosophical inquiry that guided his myriad metamorphoses. Graced with soulful narration by Bowie, this immersive audiovisual head rush transmits the essence of a phenomenon that cannot be explained—only experienced.
Moonage Daydream Sountrack
The companion album to "Moonage Daydream" features songs spanning Bowie’s career and includes previously unheard material, unique mixes created for the film and this release, along with dialogue from Bowie himself
The Beatles Yellow Submarine by Bill Morrison
In the first graphic novel adaptation, readers experience the magic of the movie in brilliant, original illustrations. Each page is a burst of color as The Beatles are recruited by the Captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland, from the music-hating Blue Meanies.
The Beatles: The Definitive Collection by Terry O'Neill
This one-of-a-kind book also features exclusive interviews and profiles of the band, as well as commentary from O’Neill and notes and annotations from renowned art curator Terrence Pepper. "The Beatles" By Terry O'Neill includes hundreds of gorgeous photographs—many of them previously thought to be lost or never before seen—from their earliest recording sessions and backstage shots to portraits of the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania.
The Beatles Collector’s Advent Calendar
Inside are 24 days of exclusive, premium-quality gifts waiting to be discovered. Both witty and practical, the gifts include a metal bookmark and keyring, a dish towel, cookie cutters, socks, limited-edition pin badges, and a reproduction of the Beatles’ Christmas card to fans. With a combined retail value of more than $200, this collection of collectibles is both a luxurious gift and an excellent value. Each item will be treasured by any Beatles fan.
Taylor Swift Store
Pictured: The Eras Tour Heather Gray Crewneck, Red (Taylor's Version) Argyle Sweater, 1989 (Taylor's Version) Vinyl, Speak Now (Taylor's Version) Bird Cage Ornament, Lover Camper Ornament, Under The Mistletoe Watching The Fire Glow Ornament, Christmas Tree Farm Notebook, Taylor Swift Bejeweled Bracelet, and On a Wishing Star Crewneck