Michael Lang

Music Producer

Michael Lang was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States on December 11th, 1944 and is the Music Producer. At the age of 79, Michael Lang biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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December 11, 1944
United States
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York, United States
79 years old
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Composer, Music Promoter, Promoter, Record Producer
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Michael Lang Career

After he moved to Woodstock, New York, and met Artie Kornfeld, the two developed the concept for a major festival event to celebrate the 1960s social movements and planned to open a recording studio in the town of Woodstock. With Kornfeld and partners John P. Roberts and Joel Rosenman, Lang initiated the planning of Woodstock festival, which was held on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, August 15–18, 1969.

Michael Lang was featured in many scenes of the 1970 documentary film, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music.

Lang also produced Woodstock '94 with partners Roberts, Rosenman, and co-producer John Scher, and Woodstock '99 with John Scher and Ossie Kilkenny. In contrast to the previous Woodstock festivals Lang organized, Woodstock '99 proved to be more chaotic and violent.

In May 2014, Lang revealed plans for a possible fiftieth anniversary of the first Woodstock concert to be held in 2019, and that he was exploring various locations.

On January 9, 2019, Lang announced the official Woodstock 50 festival would take place August 16–18, 2019, in Watkins Glen, New York. However, the event was cancelled after confronting many logistical issues, financial backing issues, and three venue changes.

In September 2021, about three months before his death, Lang was interviewed for a three-part Netflix documentary called Trainwreck: Woodstock '99, detailing how the festival of the same name became a catastrophe.

Lang was not among the producers of the December 6, 1969, Altamont Free Concert that some had billed as a "Woodstock West." However, Lang was asked by the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead to assist with the last-moment re-location, from Sears Point Raceway to the Altamont Speedway, near Tracy, California.

Initially, the concert was planned for Golden Gate Park and was to feature the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The city of San Francisco revoked the permits for the Golden Gate venue, ostensibly due to a San Francisco 49ers football game at Kezar Stadium, located in the park on the scheduled date. Subsequently, the concert was moved to Sears Point Raceway. However, a dispute over film rights led to its cancellation. Lang and Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully were then offered the Altamont Speedway—a rival to Sears Point Raceway—by owner Dick Carter. After the venue was set for the concert, Lang appeared, with his experience in moving the much larger Woodstock festival. The venue was moved on December 4 to the racetrack with the concert starting December 6.

The venue change created major technical problems, including a stage built too low and close to the fans. The Hells Angels were then hired for stage security, which resulted in numerous fights with concertgoers, as well as an on-stage altercation with members of Jefferson Airplane, in which singer Marty Balin was struck and knocked unconscious. Audience member Meredith Hunter was stabbed and killed when he rushed the stage with a gun while the Rolling Stones were performing. These incidents were captured on film and appear in the Maysles Brothers documentary film Gimme Shelter. There were also three accidental deaths among the crowd of 300,000.

Lang is seen in the film. Lang last appears onstage, walking away during the scuffle on the stage between the Hells Angels and the Jefferson Airplane.

Lang owned and operated Just Sunshine Records, which produced and released more than 40 albums by such diverse musical artists as Karen Dalton, Betty Davis, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Lang also managed several successful international recording artists, including Joe Cocker, Rickie Lee Jones, Willy DeVille, Tarkan, and Spanish recording artists El Ultimo de la Fila. The label was active and distributed by Gulf & Western's Famous Music Group from 1971 until 1974.

Shortly after The Woodstock Music And Arts Fair in 1969, Lang began managing Joe Cocker, who appeared at the original Woodstock concert. Their professional relationship continued for more than twenty years. Lang made an appearance in Cocker's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" music video as a flugelhorn player.

Lang was associate producer of Wes Anderson's 1996 film Bottle Rocket.

The Michael Lang Organization (MLO) encompasses live event production, film production, and artist management. Projects included a fiftieth anniversary event for the Lincoln Center featuring the French Theater company Royal de luxe, a Woodstock fiftieth anniversary event planned for summer 2019 that ultimately was cancelled, a movie version of the cult classic novel The Master and Margarita, and theater projects in Turkey and South Korea. Additionally, with his partners in Woodstock Ventures, Lang was developing future projects that included a Broadway musical based on Woodstock the musical and a Woodstock lifestyle brand.

MLO worked with the following artists: Outkast, Prince, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Steely Dan, The Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Tarkan, Shakira, Madonna, Norah Jones, Marc Anthony, Twista, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Kid Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, and Joe Cocker.

In 2009, Woodstock Ventures (Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, and the John Roberts estate) formed joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment and launched a new woodstock.com. The site celebrates the history of the original Woodstock Festival.

In the 2009 Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock, Michael Lang is portrayed by actor Jonathan Groff.

In 2009, Lang co-authored with Holly George-Warren the critically acclaimed New York Times Best Seller The Road to Woodstock.


Chasing the hazy memories of Woodstock: Cross-country effort to gather festival goers' stories before they all die

www.dailymail.co.uk, March 9, 2024
People from the Museum at Bethel Woods are traveling around the country gathering tales and memories from people who attended the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival. With the bulk of the attendees now in their 70s and 80s and some of them deceased, the museum is embedded in a five-year initiative to debunk legends. They have obtained over 500 testimonies from people who have served in WWII using methods similar to WWII historians. They're expanding their search this year, heading to Boston and New York City in early April, where they estimate half of the Woodstock crowd still lives.