Barefoot in Babylon

Barefoot in Babylon

The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142180877
  • 480 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


“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
Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2014, 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.


Praise for Barefoot in Babylon:

“[Takes] the lid off that mammoth rock concert and reveal[s] the astonishing antics the promoters performed, commercially and personally, to get the Thing off the ground…Mr. Spitz feeds us every riveting detail.”
New York Times Book Review

 “An important, impressive work.” —Timothy White, former associate editor, Rolling Stone
“Reveals the gritty and sometimes greedy realities.” —Tim O’Brien

“Goes further toward explaining the counterculture, in all its contradictions and ironies, than many another valiant attempt at social commentary…A novelistic structure and a tough, spicy style… Evident too are the beauty, the magic, the gentle spirit and selfless devotion that Woodstock has come to symbolize for many people.”
Baltimore News American

“It happens that behind the legendary concert was a string of events no less amazing… An important, impressive work…Reads like an adventure.”
–Timothy White, former associate editor, Rolling Stone

“Tough, well-documented… Reveals the gritty and sometimes greedy realities behind the Woodstock Music Festival…Provoking, exciting, and full of the kind of truth that is so sorely needed about an event which has become a part of American folklore.”
–Tim O’Brien