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Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016 Paperback – 10 October 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 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 Tribune

One of "the best music books of 2017 . . . It's a great book to pick up and debate with and about." --Vinyl Me, Please

About the Author

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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lesser Gods (10 October 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1944713182
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1944713188
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.32 x 1.27 x 25.4 cm
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Corbin Reiff is the author of Lighters In The Sky: The Greatest Concert Of All-Time 1960-2016. He is currently the Deputy Music Editor at UPROXX and has contributed to some of the biggest publications around including, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Washington Post, Pitchfork, Complex, Guitar World, and The A.V. Club to name a few. He lives in Chicago with his wife Jenna and his two dogs Page and Hendrix.

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