Lighters In The Sky: The All-time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016 by Corbin ReiffLighters In The Sky: The All-time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016 by Corbin Reiff

Lighters In The Sky: The All-time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016

byCorbin Reiff

Paperback | October 20, 2017

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Passionate, personal, and articulated from the lens of a masterful historian with a sharp interest in the topic. . . . A book that feelsimmersive 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 equalgravitas and knowledge, but in Lighters in the Sky Reiff has done just that.." - 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"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 "Corbin hasbrilliantly captured the magic and excitement of being in the crowd at a historic concert. If you were born too late to see Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town tour or you couldn't score tickets to Kanye West's Yeezus show, you missed out - but reading thissmart, insightful, deeply researched book is the next best thing." - Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, MTV News"Both acomprehensive history of memorable concerts over nearly 60 years and aninstant conversation starter." - Steven Hyden, author, Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me"Reiff does a commendable job of translating a half-century of intangible musical energy intoa compelling panorama of cultural evolution." - Will Toledo, Car Seat HeadrestPerformance. Energy. Spectacle. These Shows Are Legendary.Here's How They Went Down.Live. In the age of the studio and digital downloads, that four-letter word stands as the true test of the performer's talent and the fan's commitment.The true greats deliver in concert, and every once in a while they deliver with a sound and fury that rings through the ages. James Brown at the Apollo. Led Zeppelin at Earl's Court. Nirvana at Reading. The night Tupac, Biggie and Big Daddy Kane found a stage big enough to share at Madison Square Garden. Radiohead at Glastonbury. Some shows crystallize a particular moment in a great performer's career, like Bowie's farewell to Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith and Prince'sepic set at the Forum at the height of his purple reign. Some - the original Woodstock, The Last Waltz, Lollapalooza '91 and Coachella '99 - define an era.The live moment can be hard to capture with a microphone or a camera, let alone on the page. In veteran music writer Corbin Reiff's deep dive through decades of epic gigs - often including interviews with the participants - he brings these concerts crackling back to life with revealing and lost details about what it was like on the stage and in the hall. Here are the cultural contexts, the backstage dramas, the split-second artistic decisions and the technical details behind the best showsof our amplified age. Year by year, concert by concert, this is a book that's loud and guaranteed to start an argument.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 A.V. Club, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Guitar World."
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.
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Title:Lighters In The Sky: The All-time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.59 inPublished:October 20, 2017Publisher:Lesser GodsLanguage:English

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Passionate, personal, and articulated from the lens of a masterful historian with a sharp interest in the topic. . . . A book that feelsimmersive 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 equalgravitas 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 hisgenerous, 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"