David Crosby rips Woodstock promoter Michael Lang

Despite agreeing to performing at Woodstock 50 and being paid in full when it was canceled, David Crosby has taken a shot at festival founder and promoter Michael Lang.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Crosby says, “You can’t ‘magic’ one of these into happening, and that’s what they tried to do with this, It had nothing to do with anybody feeling good about each other. It had to do with certain people making a huge amount of money. That’s a grubby way to start in the first place. It’s not a motivation that brings out the very best in people.”

Lang is aware of Crosby comments, and he tells Pollstar, "I don’t know what got into him. Something happened along the way. I’m going to confront him with that one of these days to see what he’s thinking."

Crosby also says while he didn't make it public, he had bailed out of the festival when the problems started mounting.

"I would have honored the contract on the first two or three iterations, because I try to do that. I don’t want to do [crappy] business. I could have walked right from the start, legally. [After] the first three iterations of it, it got really silly.”

Crosby performed at Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and again at Woodstock '94 with CSN.

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