Michael Langone of the organizers of the mythical Woodstock Festival in 1969, died last Saturday at age 77 at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York following a Hodgkin lymphomainformed a close friend of his to the site The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in Brooklyn, Lang began producing big concerts in the late ’60s until finally partnering with Joel rosenman Y John roberts to plan the famous three-day musical gathering that marked a milestone in the
counterculture of the time.
“Woodstock offered 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 said in an interview in 2019 , when the festival was 50 years old, the agency details Télam.
Lang also produced the 1994 and 1999 reissues, and worked on the organization of the meeting that was to celebrate 50 years in 2019, which was finally suspended.
However, the activity of this producer was not only concentrated in the Woodstock brand, since he worked with several leading artists.
In this sense, was 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.
The story of Lang and his work to carry out the legendary festival could be seen in the film Welcome to woodstockby Ang Lee, through the character played by Jonathan Groff.