Michael Lang, one of the organizers of the legendary Woodstock Festival, has died

In this March 19, 2019 photo, Woodstock co-producer and co-founder Michael Lang participates in the program announcement for the Woodstock 50th anniversary event at Electric Lady Studios in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini / Invision / AP, File)

Michael Lang, one of the organizers of the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969, died yesterday at the age of 77 at the Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an acquaintance of his reported to the specialized site The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Brooklyn, Lang began producing grand concerts in the late 1960s, eventually partnering with Joel Rosenman and John Roberts to plan the famous three-day musical gathering that marked a milestone in the counterculture of the time.

”Woodstock provided an environment for people to express themselves better. It was probably the most peaceful event of its kind in history. That was due to the expectations and what people wanted to create there ”, he had stated in an interview offered in 2019, when the festival was 50 years old.

Acts ranging from Joan Baez and the Grateful Dead to Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jimi Hendrix performed at the festival in upstate New York. The astonishing 32-act lineup also included The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly And The Family Stone, Ravi Shankar, and Jefferson Airplane.

The producer had revealed in past interviews that the event was inspired by the “Saturday sounds” that “took place on a small farm outside of Woodstock” and were “the best thing he had ever experienced musically.” “I mean, being on a farm under the stars, a bucolic setting, listening to incredible music,” he explained.

Michael Lang, an original promoter of the 1969 Woodstock festival, looks out of the balcony of the production office at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, on June 24.  Lang is overseeing the venue for the Woodstock 30th Anniversary Concert starting July 23rd.  -25.  Lang believes that good drainage, miles of parking, acres of campground, and the security of the existing base will make it ideal for some 250,000 people.  The artwork is part of what will be the largest mural in the world, once completed.  JT / JP / JRE
Michael Lang, an original promoter of the 1969 Woodstock festival, looks out of the balcony of the production office at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York, on June 24. Lang is overseeing the venue for the Woodstock 30th Anniversary Concert starting July 23rd. -25. Lang believes that good drainage, miles of parking, acres of campground, and the security of the existing base will make it ideal for some 250,000 people. The artwork is part of what will be the largest mural in the world, once completed. JT / JP / JRE

Lang also produced the 1994 and 1999 reissues, and worked on the organization of the meeting that was to celebrate 50 years in 1999, which was eventually suspended.

However, the activity of this producer was not only concentrated in the Woodstock brand, since he worked with several leading artists.

He was the manager of Joe Cocker -one of the revelations of Woodstock- whom he even accompanied to Buenos Aires when in the ’70s the singer appeared in our country. He also worked with Prince, Snoop Dogg, Steely Dan, The Fugees, Shakira, Madonna, Norah Jones, Marc Anthony, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Christina Aguilera, to name just a few.

In the 2019 documentary Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything, Michael explained that he had a “Different vision” of the most turbulent festivals of the time.

Woodstock Music Festival co-producer Michael Lang.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
Woodstock Music Festival co-producer Michael Lang. (Photo by Michael Loccisano / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

“And our vision was to create a very positive environment, very comforting for the audience, not to present the confrontation in any way”, He said.

Max and his fellow promoters prepared toilets and other similar services for “A crowd of 200,000 people,” only to face an audience more than twice that size.

“Estimates are half a million to 600,000 on the site, a million and a half on the road trying to get there,” he said in an interview. “They closed the highway, they closed the Canadian border, they closed everything that they could close, you know, fortunately, frankly, because I don’t know what we would have done with more people.”

Performances were scheduled throughout the night and into the morning over the course of three days, and drugs were rife among the audience and the musicians alike.

Woodstock Festival Photographs
Woodstock Festival Photographs

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