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Sex, skinny-dipping and acid trips: Behind the scenes at Woodstock

Michael Lang calls hosting 600,000 strangers “the best time of my life, outside of family [events] . . . We made the dream happen — showing that people could live compassionately together — and we made it all up as we went along.” Lang co-organized and promoted the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in the summer of 1969, in Bethel, NY. One of the all-time great cultural happenings, the three-day-long concert attracted a small city’s worth of fans to see performers such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Now Lang, 74, has put together a book of rarely seen photos from the festival. “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music” (Reel Art Press), out Tuesday, ...
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