Michael Lang, Co-Creator of Woodstock Festival, Dies at Age 77

Michael Lang, the co-creator of the 1969 Woodstock festival, died on Jan. 8 at the age of 77.

Lang died from a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, according to a statement from longtime family friend Michael Pagnotta.

Lang was only 24 years old when he, along with partners Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman, and John Roberts, organized the iconic 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York, where around 400,000 people attended.

A year before, Lang organized the Miami Pop Festival, which gave him the idea for the 1969 Woodstock festival.

In later years, Lang would help organize events on the legacy of the original Woodstock festival, including 1994 Woodstock and 1999 Woodstock.

Lang also produced several rock concerts.

Lang’s career included managing music icons, including Billy Joel and Joe Crocker.

Lang is survived by his wife Tamara and his children Harry, Laszlo, LariAnn, Shala, and Molly.


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