“I have spoken about it many times and wrote that my entire adult world was built with the three-disc album Woodstock 69. It would never have occurred to me, when I had it in my hand in 1972, that we would be able to host the creator of this festival at our most beautiful festival in the world. 2009 “- wrote Jurek Owsiak on Facebook. “Michael Lang and his wife visited us and we are proud that everything that happened under the Woodstock Przystanek was legal, in accordance with the permission granted by Michael Lang. And although his team of lawyers later set us a lot of new conditions By changing the name to the Pol’and’Rock Festival, everything related to the Przystanek Woodstock festival did not break any rules, regulations and laws. And this can be extremely difficult in this music business, “added Owsiak.
Michael Lang is dead. Carlos Santana: No doubt he’s having a heavenly event up there right now
Michael Lang was only 24 years old when in 1969 – in partnership with businessmen John Roberts and Joel Rosenman and music event promoter Artie Kornfeld – he undertook the organization of the Woodstock festival in New York. The event was a spectacular success and went down in history – over 400 thousand. people gathered in one place to watch the performances of such stars as Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and Creedence Clearwater Revival for three days.
“Woodstock came to America at a really dark moment,” Lang told Rolling Stone in 2009. – Unpopular war, idle government, many human rights problems – to defend themselves, people began to lean towards violence. And then Woodstock came, which was a moment of hope – recalled the creator of the festival. In his later years, Lang tried to replicate the success of Woodstock and was involved in organizing several more events under the banner, including the disastrous Woodstock ’99. As manager, he worked with Joe Cocker and Rick Lee Jones.
In a statement to Rolling Stone after Lang’s death, Carlos Santana wrote: “Michael Lang was the divine architect of unity and harmony. He gave birth to Woodstock, the festival that was the manifestation of three glorious days of peace and freedom. No doubt he will now be organizing more heavenly days. event. Thank you Maestro. You and Bill Graham are now united in the light of divinity and you are the highest love. “