Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang dead at 77
Hendrix’s version of the National Anthem combined reverence and revolution. nelag0/pixabay, CC BY

Michael Lang, who brought the legendary Woodstock music festival to life in 1969, died Saturday at age 77 from a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lang, a Brooklyn native and New York University dropout, made a name for himself as a concert promoter in the late '60s, particularly the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, which included Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry and Frank Zappa. But it was in Woodstock, New York, where Lang, alongside Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and John Roberts, made history. More than 400,000 people descended on the three-day festival in mid-August 1969, converging on Max Yasgur’s farm...