The Day I Was There

Fans share memories of seeing some of the biggest acts in the world

The Day I Was There

Our series of The Day I Was There books is growing. Each book contains a collection of over 400 eyewitness accounts from fans of seeing their favourite artist live. With personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes, and fan stories that have never been published before. All the books below are available in print and in all digital formats.

Jimi Hendrix

“It’s almost like you feel yourself what a revolution it was to witness the mind-blowing experience to watch Jimi, Mitch and Noel when they conquered the world. A highly recommended read!” – Amazon Review

The Jam

With a foreword written by Jam drummer Rick Buckler, the book tells the story of The Jam in the words of over 400 fans. With memories from the earliest shows at clubs and pubs around Woking and London, UK and North American tours through to their last ever gig in Brighton, England on 11th December 1982.

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Led Zeppelin

With fans recalling memories of the earliest Yardbirds and Zeppelin shows at UK and European clubs right through until the O2 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in 2007. With personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes, and fan stories that have never been published before.

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The Smiths

The Smiths are one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. This book tells the story of The Smiths in the words of over 400 fans from Britain and the US. With memories from the earliest Smiths shows at UK clubs through to the last ever gig at London’s Brixton Academy.

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Bruce Springsteen

“Bruce Springsteen had his say in his Born To Run autobiography. Now it’s his fans’ turn in this lavishly illustrated, memorabilia-festooned treasure trove of chronological reminiscences of encounters and concerts from Child (aka Steel Mill) shows to this year’s Broadway residency… there are some jaw-dropping tales. Surely this is the very book Springsteen might wish to read about himself. ”
– Classic Rock Magazine

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Black Sabbath

The book tells the story of Black Sabbath in the words of over 350 fans. Starting with memories from their earliest pre-Sabbath shows as Earth in the North West of England, the book charts Sabbath’s gigging history through the drug-fuelled Seventies and a relentless touring schedule on the back of the classic first six albums that cast the die for heavy metal.

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Bob Dylan

From early recording sessions through the 1966 tour; from the rural seclusion of Woodstock to turning gospel this book reveals a contemporary view of the younger Dylan. This book follows Dylan through those who knew, worked with and saw him and offers a unique perspective on the man and the times.

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The Rolling Stones

Featuring fans accounts from the groups first live shows in 1964 right through to the huge American tours The Stones undertook during the 70’s and the more recent Steel Wheels and Voodoo Lounge world tours.

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Pink Floyd

From the early Syd Barrett days around Cambridge and London to the Atom Heart Mother, Dark Side Of The Moon tours, right up to The massive Wall and Wish You Were Here tours during the 80’s. With over 400 fan accounts of their memories of seeing one of the greatest live acts ever.

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Author Richard Houghton has written books on Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles. He is always looking for interesting stories from music fans for his The Day I Was There series of books. If you would like to share your gig memories then please email Richard: Forthcoming books in the series included Prince, Madonna, Rush and Eric Clapton. The best stories will wind up in print! iwasatthatgig@gmail.com

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