I Was There: Gigs That Changed the World

Mark Paytress

The definitive guide to the past century's most talked about and mythologised live musical performances. This book recreates the sights, smells and sounds of the 20th century's most talked about and never beaten moments in the history of live music. The first fully-integrated, illustrative companion to these legendary events, I Was There reflects the scale and scope of the stadiums (immense to intimate), the vibe (chaotic to psychadelic) and the people (blissed out hippies, to punks and star-struck teens). First-hand accounts embellish the beautiful pictures of the gigs, in the form of articles and interviews with key witnesses, including The Pink Floyd as well as Petula Clark and Woody Woodmansey, the drummer for David Bowie, who describes the night when the "death" of Ziggy Stardust shook the rock world. Warhol's entourage, Gong and Rick Wakeman all contribute as well as Siouxsie Soux and countless photographers and fans. Ever wanted to know what it was really like to see the Beatles in one of their lunchtime spots in 1963 at the Cavern? Fancy stepping back to one of the first light shows by Pink Floyd in the mid-sixties? Want to relive the mud, sweat and beers of the Glastonbury festival? I Was There brings you these real live moments when important musical gatherings in 20th Century defined generations.

First published September 2005.


Includes a chapter on ABBA's concert at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia, March 3rd 1977.

I Was There: Gigs That Changed the World

I Was There is the definitive guide to the greatest live performances since the earliest stirrings of rock 'n' roll. A distilation of first-hand accounts, reportage of the day and illumiated reflections on the legacy of over a hundred of these most important musical moments, I Was There answers the burning questions: What happened? Who played? What was it really like?

Paperback edition published July 2013.

I Was There: Gigs That Changed the World paperback 2013

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