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Michael Lang RIP

Postby GoogaMooga » 11 Jan 2022, 07:22

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration


Michael Lang, the co-creator and organizer of 1969’s Woodstock Music and Art Fair, has died, aged 77. Woodstock was not his first festival, however. He had gotten into concert promotion in the late 60s and had already organized the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, which featured Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and John Lee Hooker, among other acts of the era. Lang was raised in Brooklyn, but a move to Woodstock in Upstate New York gave him the idea of organizing a three-day festival, an unprecedented event of that size that would end up drawing 400,000 people. He got permission to use a plot of land on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, and managed to book more than 30 of the hottest bands and artists of the day, such as Grateful Dead, The Who, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, and a new discovery of Bill Graham's, the Latin rock band Santana, who gave an incendiary performance and signed with Columbia afterwards. Michael Lang was a visionary who put on the mother of all rock festivals, and by doing so, capped the hippie era, ushered in the age of festivals, and made music history in the process. RIP Michael Lang
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