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In 2017, the festival site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lang had some experience as a promoter, having co-organized a small festival on the East Coast the prior year, the Miami Pop Festival, where an estimated 25,000 people attended the two-day event.
Woodstock was initiated through the efforts of Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman, and John P. Early in 1969, Roberts and Rosenman were New York City entrepreneurs, in the process of building Media Sound, a large audio recording studio complex in Manhattan.
Around 186,000 advance tickets were sold, and the organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up.
When the audience began arriving by the tens of thousands the next day, the Wednesday before the weekend, the decision was made for them.During the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors before an audience of more than 400,000 people.The event was captured in the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock", which commemorated the event and became a major hit for both Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Matthews Southern Comfort.In April 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival became the first act to sign a contract for the event, agreeing to play for ,000.The promoters had experienced difficulty landing big-name groups prior to Creedence committing to play.
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