The story of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair begins with
Michael Lang, a kid out of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, who liked to
smoke a joint and listen to jazz. He would find his way to Florida,
open a head shop, and produce his first festival--Miami Pop,
featuring Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and others--then travel to
Woodstock, where, after meeting Artie Kornfeld, his vision for a
festival where folks could come and stay for a few days amid the
rural beauty of upstate New York would become a reality. With
Artie, new partners John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, and his
handpicked crew, Lang booked talent, from Janis Joplin and the Who
to the virtually unknown Santana and Crosby, Stills and Nash; won
over agents, promoters, and townspeople; took on fleets of
volunteers; built a festival site from the ground up; and, in the
end, created the landmark cultural event that defined a
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