Woodstock organizer and producer Michael Lang dies at 77

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Although he is arguably best known for helping organize the historic festival, his career has included managing music icons like Billy Joel and Joe Cocker as well as producing numerous rock concerts.

Lang grew up in Brooklyn, attending New York University before becoming a concert promoter in the 1960s, according to Variety. The year before Woodstock’s flagship product, Lang hosted an event called the Miami Pop Festival, which included artists like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa.

Later, Lang, along with John Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and John P. Roberts, conceptualized the Woodstock Festival in Woodstock, New York, Variety reported.

We estimate approximately 400,000 people attended the festival, which would revolutionize not only music festivals but also the future of music, concerts and counterculture.

In 2019, Lang tried to organize a music festival for Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. However, the festival never manifested.

At this time, Lang received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Muhammed Ali Foundation.

Lang is survived by his wife Tamara and their five children: Shala, Lariann, Molly, Harry and Laszlo.

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