Sam Yasgur

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Sam Yasgur
Born(1942-01-09)January 9, 1942
DiedJune 23, 2016(2016-06-23) (aged 74)
Alma materCornell University
University of Chicago Law School
OccupationAttorney, author
Known for- Sullivan County Attorney
- Son of Woodstock Festival land owner Max Yasgur

Samuel S. Yasgur (January 9, 1942 – June 23, 2016[1]) was an attorney; Sullivan County, New York official; and the son of Max Yasgur, who leased land on his 600 acres (2.4 km2) dairy farm in Bethel, New York for the Woodstock Music & Art Festival in August 1969. Yasgur said that his "consultations with his father" played a crucial role in the concert coming to Bethel.[2] He grew up on his father's farm, and was a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Chicago Law School.[2]

Yasgur was a 27-year-old assistant district attorney in Manhattan[2][3] when his father allowed the Woodstock Festival to take place on his land. The concert had just been barred from taking place at the Orange County town of Wallkill, NY.[4] The Woodstock Festival took place from August 15 to 18, 1969.

Yasgur went on to become an attorney at Hall Dickler, and also served as Westchester County Attorney.[5]

Yasgur wrote a book about his father, Max B. Yasgur: The Woodstock Festival’s Famous Farmer, which was self-published in August 2009.[6]


  1. ^ "Sullivan County's long time attorney, Sam Yasgur, dies". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  2. ^ a b c Yasgur, Sam. ""About the author," Sam Yasgur website". Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  3. ^ "Farmer With Soul:Max Yasgur". The New York Times. 1969-08-17.
  4. ^ Tiber, Elliot. "How Woodstock Happened" Archived 2010-01-27 at the Wayback Machine, reprinted from the Times Herald-Record, Woodstock Commemorative Edition (1994)
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  6. ^ Cohen, Howard (2009-08-15). "Two books about Woodstock bring readers back to Yasgur's farm". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2009-09-07.

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