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Each concert narrative is written in the present-tense and makes readers feel as if they are there at the show, experiencing the excitement as it happens. Music lovers will enjoy reliving fond memories and learning about shows they'll wish they could've been at.Photos, album covers, and ephemera help bring the artists and the concerts to life.This is likely the first book looking at the best concerts, after numerous popular books about best songs and albums.The scope of artists and genres is vast, meaning there's something for music lovers of all stripes. There are dozens of music legends-including James Brown, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Nirvana, Green Day, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Kanye West. There's plenty of classic rock and rap, in addition to pop, soul, blues, folk, funk, metal, punk, grunge, country, and EDM.Each chapter includes an "Honorable Mention" concert, extending the book's scope to even more artists and genres.Author Corbin Reiff thoughtfully considers future stars on the way up, music icons at their prime, and festivals with stacked bills.Reiff is the deputy music editor of Uproxx. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, and more.
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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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Corbin Reiff is a senior music writer for Uproxx. He has written for some of the biggest music publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, The AV Club, Complex, 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"Veteran music critic Corbin Reiff catalogs a well-researched, year-by-year breakdown of the most seminal concerts in each of the last six decades." --Business Insider"A first-rate tribute . . . The next best thing to actually being there. It's pretty apparent from the onset that Reiff has put in a considerable amount of time and research into this project and by drawing from a plethora of various different sources he makes sure he gets it right. . . . Lighters in the Sky succeeds on all levels. . . . It's a splendid escapist, time-travel trip through the greatest live concerts in history." --Classic Rock Revisited"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"Music fans love nostalgia--and a good debate. So what better material to argue over than a history of the greatest concerts of the past 56 years?" --Chicago TribuneOne of "the best music books of 2017 . . . It's a great book to pick up and debate with and about." --Vinyl Me, Please "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

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