Michael Lang, the co-creator and organizer of 1969’s Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and its follow-ups Woodstock ’94 and the ill-fated Woodstock ’99, died Saturday at the age of 77 at Sloan Kettering in New York City.
The cause of death was a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to family spokesperson Michael Pagnotta.
He last appeared publicly just before the COVID pandemic hit around the 50th anniversary of the festival, which was marked by controversial will they-or-won’t attempts to stage a Woodstock 50 festival that played out in the press.
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Michael Lang, a co-creator and promoter of the Woodstock music festival that served as a touchstone for generations of music fans, has died at 77. Lang and three partners put together the three-day festival on a farm in upstate New York in 1969. https://t.co/UBsNsr8LBN
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2022
Michael Lang has passed today, one of the co-creators of @woodstockfest. Performing at the festival is a memory I will never forget. Sending love to his family. Rest In Peace Michael. pic.twitter.com/YAFThfiRtP
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) January 9, 2022
Woodstock ’94 and Woodstock ’99 were landmark shows in the History Of Alternative — for very different reasons, too. https://t.co/JtVpTic6c6
— 101WKQX (@101WKQX) January 9, 2022