David Fricke's Year in Rock 2017
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David Fricke looks back on his most memorable shows, albums and music books of 2017. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Al Pereira/Getty Images; Scott Barbour/Getty Images

I always wait to crack open a new calendar, to another January, before I review my year in music – in records, concerts and pivotal events – because the best of it can still happen in the December innings: Steve Miller playing the blues with fire and ardor; the blistering return, after a 30-year sabbatical, of the Dream Syndicate; and Warren Haynes' moving epitaph, via Pink Floyd, to a rock & roll year laden with loss. This set of reflections is not everything that mattered to me in 2017. But it will give you a good idea of how my year in rock got me through the year in darkness.