Michael Lang, one of many co-creators of the legendary Woodstock Music & Arts pageant collection, has died at 77 of a uncommon type of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, in keeping with his publicist.
In 1967, Lang dropped out of New York University and headed to Miami. There, he ran a head store and promoted a collection of concert events. together with the 1968 Miami (*77*) Festival, which drew 25,000 attendees and noticed performances by Jimi Hendriz, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and extra. .
He moved to Woodstock, New York and met Artie Korfeld, brainstorming the concept of an enormous music pageant that will have a good time the tradition. That led to Woodstock, which was held at Max Yasguar’s farm within the Bethel, New York space from Aug. 15 to 18, 1969. The present attracted the cream of that period’s musicians, however was overwhelmed by the sheer variety of attendees, estimated at 400,000. Traffic backed up and finally, the producers determined to show it right into a free pageant.
Lang was featured in lots of scenes of the 1970 documentary movie, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music.
Woodstock’s main cultural affect was revived within the Nineties in 1994 and 1990 editions, with main live performance promoter John Scher on board. The closing Woodstock celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2019 with a three-day occasion that noticed performances by Santana and John Fogerty.
Lang is survived by his spouse Tamara, their sons Harry and Laszlo and his daughters LariAnn, Shala and Molly