Just in time for the holiday season comes the perfect gift for all your Deadhead friends (and we know you've got some!) — Grateful Dead Gear, by Mix senior editor Blair Jackson. This book goes into great detail about the legendary band's technical side, including their musical instruments, live sound systems and recording techniques. It's all here in 300 pages and boasting more than 100 photos and diagrams, many previously unpublished. Backbeat Books, $34.95.