Max Yasgur's Signature

Here's the simple truth - What we now know as The 1969 Woodstock Festival would have never taken place if Michael Lang had not met Max Yasgur. Their agreement was probably the last of it's kind in the entertainment business. One on one, face to face, mano a mano - buyer and seller - no lawyers - no agents or representatives. As they stood in the field Max pulled out a pencil to figure his losses of crops and milk and one month's rental for the acreage they needed. With a handshake they closed a land lease deal that changed the world. Woodstock Ventures' stonewalled, shutdown, crapped out, impossible endeavor had suddenly become improbable and Max Yasgur was elevated to interdenominational sainthood. Through the following weeks he never wavered in his support and fought for the legal rights of the partners to hold their music and art fair. I cannot sing his praises loudly enough nor describe my admiration and gratefulness sufficiently. I had to own something he touched and now have two Max Yasgur signed checks, both framed in wood salvaged from the festival site.

Both displays include an original watercolor of a Yasgur barn as it stood in 2008, by registered hudson valley artist Miriam Schulman.

The captioned photo included with Yasgur Farms Dairy check #4969 shows Max Yasgur throwing the peace sign up for the crowd and a young Martin Scorsese sharing the sentiment.


This Yasgur Farms Dairy check # 4468 is accompanied by two fact/quiz cards issued by Life magazine. One side is Max's photo portrait the other is basic data.