Death – Woodstock creator Michael Lang dead at 77

Death – Obituary

MICHAEL Lang, the co-creator and organizer of the famous Woodstock music festival in 1969 has died at the age of 77.

He passed away at Sloan Kettering in New York City after losing his battle with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a family spokesperson Michael Pagnotta.

Michael Lang was an organizer of the famous Woodstock festival in 1969


Michael Lang was an organizer of the famous Woodstock festival in 1969Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Raised in Brooklyn he attended college in New York City before moving into concert promotion in the late 1960.

His first major event he organized was the 1968 Miami Pop Festival where the line-up included Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and John Lee Hooker.

He developed plans for a much more ambitious three-day festival after he moved to Woodstock, New York.

Along with co-founders John Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and John P Roberts, Lang drew up plans for a music festival for around 400,000 fans at a farm in Bethel.

At the time the US was in a state of social change with the impact of the hippie movement and a growing disillusionment with the war in Vietnam with thousands of people losing their lives in Southeast Asia.

The festival was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music” and included some of the biggest music names at the time – Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Who and Sly and the Family Stone, among many others.

The festival exceeded all expectations with hundreds of thousands of people making their way to the site, causing roads to become blocked as they abandoned their cars to get to the site.

Due to the numbers, as well as the consumption of mind-altering drugs, the festival was plagued by a number of issues and problems, not helped by the weather.

Despite the problems though the event has gone down as a seminal cultural moment marking the 1960s.

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