Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert

Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert

by John Barylick


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ISBN-13: 9781611682656
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 09/11/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

For seven years JOHN BARYLICK was a lead attorney investigating and prosecuting wrongful-death and personal-injury cases arising from The Station fire. He has practiced law in Rhode Island since 1977.

Table of Contents

Sifting the Ashes Mill Town Watering Hole Rock Impresarios Only Rock 'n' Roll That Ain't No Way to Have Fun, Son Lucky Day Yours, in Fire Safety . . .
Suds, Sparks, and Sponsorship Film at Eleven This Way Out Cause for Alarm I'm with the Band Fighting for Air A Snowball's Chance in Hell The Way of All Flesh Domino Theory The Sound and the Fury Into the Breach Solid Gasoline The Missing Artifacts of Tragedy Circling the Wagons Crime and Punishment
"First, Survival; Then, Function; Then, Cosmetics"
Risky Business Making the Tough Cases Burning Question Divining the Incalculable Memento Mori Epilogue Acknowledgments APPENDIXES List of Persons Killed in the Station Nightclub Fire Outcome of Criminal Prosecutions Outcome of Civil Lawsuits Notes and Sources Index

What People are Saying About This

Stewart O'Nan

"Killer Show is a painstakingly researched account of the Rhode Island nightclub fire, and all the more horrifying in its completeness."

David Von Drehle

“The deadly recipe for catastrophic fires is so simple: unsafe construction, overcrowding, inadequate exits. Yet for some reason, humans can’t seem to learn to stop making this fatal brew. By documenting the negligence that led to the deadly Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, Killer Show once again teaches that lesson. Read it and learn.”

Dick Lehr

“John Barylick has bravely waded through the ashes of The Station nightclub fire to meticulously chronicle the folly and greed that led to the horror. There are times you have to stop reading—the story of the fatal fire is that horrifying, infuriating, heroic and heartbreaking. Then you keep going, in awe of the survivors who have persevered and also with the hope that a heartfelt, thoroughly researched account like this will help prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.”

Vincent Bugliosi

"Killer Show is as good an anatomy of this type of crime as you're going to find. Barylick's research and scholarship are of the highest order, and true crime fans will not be disappointed. Riveting and dramatic. Highly recommended."
Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter and Divinity of Doubt

Stewart O’Nan

“Killer Show is a painstakingly researched account of the Rhode Island nightclub fire, and all the more horrifying in its completeness.”

Ralph Nader

“A gripping story of the deadly steps that resulted in one of the most catastrophic fires of our generation. Trial lawyer Barylick writes as though he was with the victims on their perilous journey. . . . More authentically suspenseful than a Grisham novel.”

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Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Found the book to very informative, really grabbed my attention. As much as i wanted to keep reading, i had to take breaks because of the disturbing lack of human compassion by others who played a role in this tragedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But where is it? Bought it, read it, I've read every fire book possible, and it went away? How can that be? I did not change.phones but may want it again one day.
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Elaine19EE More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. It is truly frightening knowing how some people panic or are just plain stupid. Also the greed that really caused this horrible accident is astounding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very detailed look into the many factors that led to the unnecessary deaths of 100 people. Makes you aware of your public surroundings in an uncomfortable way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I became interested in this book after listening to an interview of the author on NPR. Jon Barylick has presented second-by-second narration of this tragic fire. He highlights and explains the psychology and strange behavior a group people exhibit in a disaster like this. You will be shocked by just how quickly a fire can overrun you. If you have heard you have two minutes to get out of a building that is on fire, you'll find out that there are times when a delay of 10 seconds can determine whether you will or will not make it out alive. My husband has been the Chief of a suburban Volunteer Fire Company. And no matter how many times we have talked about house and business fires, and how fast you have to get out the door, it did not make the impact this book made by giving the second by second account of how fire starts, builds, and seems to take on a life of its own. Unlike what you see on television, a fire is not bright; you will soon discover how quickly the room goes black from smoke. After you read this book I think you will find yourself looking at your surroundings wherever you are in a whole different light. It's like seeing your surroundings with new eyes and you'll realize the most important thing you need to do is get out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book !! Very thoroughly investigated and well written. As a former firefighter for 17 years, I highly recommend this book. The author researched this incident giving personal accounts, legalities, fire science, and accounts of some of the people that were involved in tis tragedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole story from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book about a modern tragedy, It explains complicated scientific and legal concepts so that they are easily comprehendible by laymen and women. The author is also able to capture the human elements of the story, through the book you will be able to connect with the victim, survivors and first responders. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading non-fiction current event stories and also to those who lived in the area who are interested in learning the whole story about the Station Nightclub Fire. Many questions about the tragedy are answered, although sadly not the key question of how the safety of the customers they served could be so little valued by the band,the club owners or the fire safety inspector.