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Lighters in the Sky

The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016

By Corbin Reiff

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 10 October 2017
A year-by-year account of the best concerts since 1960Â the ones that make you say, "I wish I'd been there!"

Table of Contents

1960: There's a Riot Goin' On in Newport1961: The King Returns, Long Live the King!1962: Mr. Dynamite's Apollo Explosion1963: Sam Gets Cookin' in Miami1964: Jerry Lee's Star Time1965: The Beatles Shea-k Up New York1966: "Judas!"1967: Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire - Hendrix at Monterey1968: Cream's Farewell1969: Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music1970: The Who Live at Leeds1971: The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East1972: The Rolling Stones Touring Party1973: Farewell, Ziggy Stardust1974: CSNY Meet Their Doom 1975: Led Zeppelin Hold Court1976: The Band's Last Waltz1977: The Ramones Rocket to the Rainbow1978: Darkness on the Edge of Jersey1979: Van Halen's Califfornia Jam1980: L.A. Masonry: Pink Floyd and The Wall1981: The Clash Bond in Times Square1982: Ozzy Osbourne and the Bat Incident1983: U2's Blood Red Triumph1984: The Shit Hits the Fans1985: Purple Rain at the Forum1986: Queen Rock Wembley1987: Guns N' Roses' Pasadena Paradise1988: The King of Pop Goes Bad1989: Fuck tha Police: N.W.A in Anaheim1990: Madonna's Blond Ambition1991: Jane's Addiction's Farewell Lollapalooza1992: With the Lights Out at Reading1993: East vs. West: Tupac & Biggie at MSG1994: Nine Inch Nails at Mudstock1995: Pearl Jam Soldier On1996: Knebworth Supernova1997: Excellent Programming at Glastonbury1998: Elliott Smith Lands at Largo1999: Lauryn Hill's Japanese Miseducation2000: OutKast Stank Up the Sunset Strip2001: Jay-Z Assumes the Throne2002: Strokes of White at Radio City 2003: The Dixie Chicks' Presidential Salute2004: Dave Chappelle's Brooklyn Block Party2005: Green Day's American Idiocy2006: Daft Punk and the Technicolor Pyramid2007: Achilles Last Stand: Led Zeppelin at the O22008: Foos Fighting in London2009: Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees of an Irish Rock Band2010: Arcade Fire Out of the Suburbs2011: Kanye West's Beautiful Dark, Twisted Coachella2012: Dre Dre's So-Cal Seance2013: Yeezus Season Approaching2014: Jay-Z & Beyonce: '14 Bonnie & Clyde2015: Drake's OVO Inferno2016: A Desert Trip Through the Past

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About the Author

Corbin Reiff is the hip-hop editor for Uproxx. He has written for some of the biggest music publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, The AV Club, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Guitar World. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jenna, and his dogs, Page and Hendrix.


"Passionate, personal, and articulated from the lens of a masterful historian with a sharp interest in the topic. . . . A book that feels immersive without being stuffy, authoritative without being dismissive, and historical without being boring. It takes a rare writer to cover acts as disparate as Van Halen, The Dixie Chicks, and NWA with equal gravitas and knowledge, but in Lighters in the Sky Reiff has done just that. This is a book composed by a writer who is first and foremost a music fan, a characteristic that is often derided by the old school who demand faux-objective remove must inform good criticism. But Corbin's criticism is uplifted by his generous, spirited enthusiasm, which comes through strongly on every page." --UPROXX"Must-read . . . Music fans love a good debate -- and this year-by-year chronicle of notable concerts, from Oasis at Knebworth Park to Beatles at Shea Stadium, will no doubt spawn plenty of (playful) heated conversations." --Salon"Well-researched, well-argued . . . A music lover reflecting on the brilliance of live music. A great read for any music fan." --NeuFutur"In his carefully researched tome, Reiff captures the best performances of the last 50-plus years. . . . It's a way to travel back and vicariously live these shows." --Consequence of Sound "Must-read . . . Music fans love a good debate -- and this year-by-year chronicle of notable concerts, from Oasis at Knebworth Park to Beatles at Shea Stadium, will no doubt spawn plenty of (playful) heated conversations." --Salon

EAN: 9781944713188
ISBN: 1944713182
Publisher: Lesser Gods
Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.4 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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