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Woodstock Co-Founder on Why Woodstock 50 Imploded

'It's been a really bizarre trip,' says Michael Lang

(Newser) - Shortly after Woodstock organizers announced the shambolic 50th anniversary concerts were off after months of setbacks and holdups, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang summed up the drama in six words: "It's been a really bizarre trip." Over the last six months, Lang, 74, moved like a cat using... More »

Woodstock 50 Is No More

Organizers cancel the troubled music festival

(Newser) - Woodstock 50 is officially canceled. Organizers announced Wednesday that the troubled festival that hit a series of setbacks in the last four months won't take place next month, the AP reports. The three-day festival was originally scheduled for Aug. 16-18, but holdups included permit denials and the loss of... More »

Woodstock 50 Loses a Headliner

Jay-Z pulls out of troubled festival, still scheduled for next month

(Newser) - Jay-Z has pulled out of the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival just weeks before the troubled event is supposed to take place. The rap king will no longer close the three-day festival scheduled for Aug. 16-18, a person familiar with the situation told the AP on Friday, speaking on condition of... More »

Woodstock 50 Turning Out to Be as Chaotic as Woodstock

A funder pulls out

(Newser) - Woodstock 50 is proving to be as chaotic as the original festival held in 1969. A financial investor in the festival announced Monday it was pulling its funding from the anniversary event, set to take place Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. "Despite our tremendous investment of... More »

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Lineup Revealed

Bill includes Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus

(Newser) - Jay-Z, Dead & Company, and the Killers will headline one of the 50th anniversary shows commemorating the groundbreaking Woodstock festival this summer. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announced Tuesday that Miley Cyrus, Santana, Imagine Dragons, Robert Plant, the Black Keys, and Chance the Rapper will also perform at Woodstock 50, which... More »

It's Happening: Woodstock 50 Confirmed

Organizer promises it will be nothing like Woodstock '99

(Newser) - Wish you could have experienced Woodstock? You'll get a chance, sort of, this summer on the 1969 festival's 50th anniversary. The organizer of the original festival confirms to Rolling Stone that a three-day music festival will be staged in Watkins Glen, NY, from Aug. 16-18—and it will... More »

Woman Caused $350K in Damage at Ex's House: Cops

Ana Rockman charged in very expensive break-in at former husband's NY home

(Newser) - There are bitter breakups, and then there's the case of Ana Rockman: State police have charged the 61-year-old New York woman with causing more than $350,000 in damage to artwork, antiques, and other personal property at her ex-husband's home. Troopers say Rockman, of Long Island's Elmont,... More »

Woodstock Legend Richie Havens Dead at 72

Opened 1969 Woodstock with three-hour set

(Newser) - Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened the 1969 Woodstock festival, died today from a sudden heart attack at home in New Jersey, Rolling Stone reports. He was 72. The Brooklyn-born musician is best known for the three-hour, partially improvised Woodstock set that brought him to prominence (and helped pad... More »

Woodstock Not Worth the Trip

Mixed reviews for 1960s coming-of-age flick

(Newser) - Taking Woodstock isn’t really about the music: it’s more about coming of age on the outskirts of the festival. Critics are lukewarm about Ang Lee's latest effort:
  • “You can’t deny the smiling mood that wafts through the film like incense,” admits Anthony Lane of the
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The Music Sucked at Woodstock

(Newser) - Woodstock become an iconic event of the '60s, but according to Wall Street Journal critic Jim Fusilli, it was a mediocre festival at best. Major artists like Lennon, the Doors, and Led Zeppelin stayed away, those who did show were drugged up, and sound equipment failed—the whole thing was... More »

Woodstock Was a 'Nightmare'

(Newser) - Mark Hosenball of Newsweek was at Woodstock, and not only did he not have a good time, but he can’t quite figure out how we’ve “transformed a chaotic mudfest into an epic pageant of peace and love.” Hosenball reminisces about the “massive, teeming, squalid mess”... More »

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