Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated in Woodstock in 1969. The festival is considered the nucleus of hippies and counterculture. One of the co-organizers has died in the United States of cancer.

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American Michael Lang, who helped organize the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969, has passed away. Lang died in a New York hospital from cancer, CNN television reported on Sunday, citing a post from his family.

Spokesman Michael Pagnotta has confirmed the music promoter’s death, according to Billboard magazine. Lang was 77 years old. Between August 15 and 18, 1969, approximately 400,000 people traveled to Bethel, New York, for the Original Woodstock Festival. It is still considered the culmination of the hippie movement in the United States.

Lang, who came from Brooklyn to New York, had previously organized a number of concerts and small festivals. Along with his friend Artie Kornfeld and investors Joel Rosenman and John Roberts, all in their early twenties, he hosted the three-day open-air festival in 1969 at a large agricultural prairie in the US state of New York with Jimi Hendrix. , Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead and The Who.

Lang, who then worked as a music director, was planning a new edition of the festival in 2019 for the 50th anniversary, around 200 kilometers from the place of origin. But a few weeks before the date, the event was canceled after the abandonment of investors and artists. (dpa)