Every generation has those that we call ‘visionaries’…. The Rock and Roll Gener…
Written by megarock on December 11, 2017
Every generation has those that we call ‘visionaries’….
The Rock and Roll Generation has had a number of visionaries. One of them, Michael Lang is celebrating his 73rd birthday today.
Michael was born in Brooklyn, and in 1967 moved to Coconut Grove, Florida to open a head shop. In 1968, after promoting a series of concert events in the Miami area, Lang (together with Marshall Brevetz) produced the “1968 Miami Pop Festival”. It drew around 25,000 people on day one (May 18) with acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Mothers of Invention, John Lee Hooker, Arthur Brown, and Blue Cheer. On the afternoon of the second day (May 19) it started to rain and the event ended early.
Michael then moved back to New York where he met Artie Kornfeld. The two developed the concept for a major festival event to celebrate the ’60s 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 set into motion the Woodstock festival, which was held on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.
Many feel his ‘Woodstock Music and Arts Festival’ was one of the high points of a generation. Would you agree?
Happy Birthday Michael!! Thank You on so many levels.