The perfect gift for music fans and anyone fascianated by Woodstock, Barefoot in Babylon is an in-depth look at the making of 1969’s Woodstock Music Festival—one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”
“Mr. Spitz feeds us every riveting detail of the chaos that underscored the festival. It makes for some out-a-sight reading, man.”—The New York Times Book Review
Fifty years ago, the Woodstock Music Festival defined a generation. Yet, there was much more than peace and love driving that long weekend the summer of 1969. In Barefoot in Babylon, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bob Spitz gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Woodstock, from its inception and the incredible musicians that performed to its scandals and the darker side of the peace movement. With a new introduction, as well as maps, set lists, and a breakdown of all the personalities involved, Barefoot in Babylon is a must-read for anyone who was there—or wishes they were.
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Woodstock defined the peace-and-love generation. But the team behind the concert—a fledgling promoter, a bubblegum-pop songwriter, and two Ivy League moneymen—were a discordant crew…and in over their heads. Drawing on extensive interviews, journalist Bob Spitz published Barefoot in Babylon in 1979. It’s a fast-paced, dialogue-heavy, behind-the-scenes history that covers everything from the organizers’ first meeting to Jimi Hendrix’s unforgettable performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Along the way, Spitz reports on the production team’s run-ins with hippie-hating locals, hard-nosed rock managers, and each other. Most Woodstock histories focus only on the music—Barefoot in Babylon reveals how the music happened.
Excellent! Curiosity fixed.
I only read rock and roll biographies and music biographies, and this was easily one of the best books I have ever read. An amazing account of the fantastic journey that everyone involved took to make Woodstock happen. I had no idea all what went on behind the scenes, and if you are curious too, read this book!