Thursday, April 24, 2008

Must Read Book-I Was There

I just finished a terrific book, I Was There: Gigs That Changed The World by Mark Paytress. This fascinating book is a guide to the greatest live music performances from the 1930's to today. Each selection includes photographs and first hand accounts by those who were there.
Some of my favorites:
Elvis Presley on the Milton Berle Show in 1956
West Side Story on Broadway in 1957
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli in London on 8 November 1964
Velvet Underground in New York April 1966
Frank Sinatra at the Sands in Las Vegas in 1966
Johnny Cash at Folsom State Prison, 13 January 1968
Isle of Wight Festival in August 1970
Iggy and the Stooges, London on 15 July 1972
The Ramones in London, 4 July 1976
Siouxsie and the Banshees in England, 15 october 1978
Joy Division in England 14 march 1979
Michael Jackson in California 25 March 1983
Prince in London August 1986
The Smiths in Manchester 30 October 1986
Jeff Buckley in New York 19 July 1993
Eminem in New Jersey October 2000
Each page makes you feel as if you were there, don't miss this glimpse into the magic of live performances.

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