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Woodstock Creator Michael Lang Dead at 77.


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Michael Lang, co-creator of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, died on Saturday at the age of 77. 

Lang died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. According to family spokesperson Michael Pagnotta, the cause of death was a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Lang, along with partners Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman and John P. Roberts, planned the famous 1969 festival on Max Yasgur's sprawling dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y. For four days, more than 400,000 attendees were treated to performances by artists including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and The Who. 

Battling weather issues, late venue changes, and far more attendees than anticipated, Woodstock's free-wheeling ethos of "peace and music" endured, making the festival a defining moment in the decade's countercultural movement.

"Woodstock was a test of whether people of our generation really believed in one another and the world we were struggling to create," Lang wrote in his 2009 book The Road to Woodstock. "How would we do when we were in charge? Could we live as the peaceful community we envisioned? I'd hoped we could."

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Lang briefly attended New York University before moving to Florida. It was there he got the idea for Woodstock after organizing the Miami Pop Festival in 1968, featuring Jimi Hendrix as the headliner.

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/09/1071669980/michael-lang-a-co-creator-of-the-woodstock-festival-has-died-at-77

 

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We gotta get ourselves back to the Garden.  

I remember my parents and some neighbors getting together to watch the movie about it way back in the 1970s--kids weren't allowed to even be near the living room where they watched it.  

I may order these.

https://www.amazon.com/Back-Garden-Woodstock-Pete-Fornatale/dp/B002ZNJY1Q

https://www.rhino.com/woodstock50

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The HBO special on Woodstock 99 put a big focus on this dude. Kind of a full of sh*t dude that romanticized a lot about the original festival and that had pretty big consequences for what happened in ‘99. A pioneer for the live music industry but a bit skeevy. 

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