Artie Kornfeld
Born1942 (age 78–79)
Other namesArthur Lawrence Kornfeld

Arthur Lawrence Kornfeld (born 1942) is an American musician, record producer, and music executive.[1] He is best known as the music promoter for the Woodstock Festival held in 1969.[2][3] Kornfeld is also known for his collaborations with Artie Kaplan.[4]


Kornfeld was born in 1942 into a Jewish lower-middle-class family in Brooklyn, New York, United States.[5][6]

In his early teens, when his family had moved to North Carolina, he got a job at the Charlotte Coliseum selling soda pop so he could catch acts such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino.[7]

He later attended Adelphi College and American University where he would further his music career.[8]

By 1966, Kornfeld had written over 75 Billboard charted songs and participated in over 150 albums.[9] In 1969, Kornfeld left Capitol Records to co-create The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, with Michael Lang .[10][11]

He hosts a show, The Spirit Show with Artie Kornfeld on[12]






  1. ^ "Artie Kornfeld, Woodstock 1969 Co-Creator-Producer and Rock Music Legend". Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  2. ^ "Jewish Music businessmen". Jewish Biography. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Barbara Maranzani (2013). "Remembering Richie Havens: Ten Things You May Not Know About Woodstock — History in the Headlines". Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Second Hand Songs Bensonhurst Blues
  5. ^ Bloom, Nate (August 14, 2009). "Woodstock - The Jewish connection". The Jewish Standard. Who’s Artie Kornfeld? He’s another Brooklyn/Queens Jew, born (1942) into a lower-middle-class family, who isn’t all that religious in conventional terms but wears his Jewishness on his sleeve.
  6. ^ Benarde, Scott R. (July 1, 2003). Stars of David: Rock'n'roll's Jewish Stories. Brandeis University Press. p. 126. ISBN 978-1584653035. Four Jews organized the Woodstock Festival: Michael Lang, Artie Kornfield, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman
  7. ^ LA Times May 22, 1998 Life After Woodstock by Jim Washburn
  8. ^ Woodstock Story Artie Kornfeld, Father of Woodstock
  9. ^ Woodstock Story Artie Kornfeld, Father of Woodstock
  10. ^ McClatchy DC Woodstock: How pot-fueled talk led to greatest concert ever by Glenn Garvin
  11. ^ Watch BoOm. SEX, DRUGS & ROCK ‘N ROLL…40 years later by James Earle
  12. ^ "Tuesdays at 10pm Eastern". Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Discogs The Changin' Times - Discography
  14. ^ 45Cat Artie Kornfeld – Discography
  15. ^ Discogs Artie Kornfeld Tree, The – A Time To Remember!