Published by Lesser Gods (October 10, 2017)
A year-by-year account of the best concerts—those transformative shows that make you say, “I wish I’d been there!”
Music lovers know there’s something magical about seeing the right band at the right time. Some phenomenal gigs showcase a key artist on the rise or a mega-star at the top of their game. Others capture the cultural zeitgeist or bring together multiple heavy-hitters. Lighters in the Sky features transcendent moments from music legends, from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the King of Pop to Queen and Queen Bey. These shows made jaws drop and changed music history.
Each concert narrative makes readers feel as if they’re at the show, experiencing the excitement as it happened. Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to witness the Beatles at Shea Stadium, Madonna in Rome, or Kanye West at Coachella?
There are heaping servings of classic rock, rap, and pop, but the scope of artists and genres is vast and there’s something for music fans of all stripes. There are dozens of music icons, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Nirvana, Green Day, and Jay-Z. Relive festivals that changed music history, including Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Lollapalooza. Stick up your devil horns and get ready to rock!
"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
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.