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"Money. No sponsors," was Lang's response when asked by Rolling Stone why the anniversary event won't occur. Lang, who was one of the four original partners behind the original 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, had hoped to hold a free concert in Brooklyn's Prospect Park later this month but those plans were postponed when he couldn't get the backing necessary to cover the $8 to 10 million cost.
Lang's subsequent plan to hold the concert in September during Climate Week, which runs from September 20-26, was also a bust. Had that event gotten off the ground, Lang, who was also behind the two previous Woodstock anniversary concerts in 1994 and 1999, insists "it would have been a big boost for the issue."
Although there will be no concert to commemorate the 40th anniversary milestone, Lang is still keeping the Woodstock name alive. On August 8, he'll attend an advance screening of the Demetri Martin-starring comedy 'Taking Woodstock', which is slated for widespread theatrical release on August 28. The movie is based on a book written by Elliot Tiber, who helped his parents run a motel in nearby Bethel during the original festival. Additionally, VH1 plans to air 'Woodstock : Now and Then,' a documentary directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple and executive produced by Lang on August 14.