The new Netflix documentary Train wreck: Woodstock ’99 highlights some of the most shocking moments witnessed at the 1999 music festival. From multiple sexual assaults, vandalism and Trench Mouth (the same disease that afflicted World War I soldiers) the entire event was a disaster. Michael Lang, one of the original creators of the generation-defining Woodstock 1969, decided in 1999 that the world needed another music festival. However, almost nothing went according to plan. Here’s everything you need to know about the man you’re starring in Train wreck: Woodstock ’99Michael Long.
Who is Michael Lang?
Woodstock ’99 wasn’t Lang’s first rodeo. After dropping out of New York University, Lang moved to Florida and made a living promoting concerts and music festivals. He got a gig to promote the 1968 pop and underground festival, which featured some of music’s biggest names at the time, like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. Lang eventually returned to New York, where he met Arthur Kornfield. Together, the two came up with the idea of celebrating the music and art of the 1960s.
Lang also helped organize Woodstock ’94. But neither this nor Woodstock ’99 could build on the hype of the predecessor. In fact, if anything, Train wreck: Woodstock ’99 shows everyone exactly why this type of festival is doomed to fail.
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Who was the wife of Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99’ co-creator Michael Lang?
Lang’s life in the music industry has taken him to a variety of jobs over the years. While managing singer Joe Cocker, he married one of Cocker and Leon Russell’s singers, Ann Lang. The couple had three daughters together but eventually divorced. Lang then married Tamara Pajic, with whom he had two sons. Lang and Tamara remained married until his death in 2022.
Three months after filming Train wreck: Woodstock ’99, Lang died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His deputy, Michael Pagnotta, announced his death on Twitter. Write“We are very saddened to hear that legendary Woodstock icon and longtime family friend Michael Lang has passed away at the age of 77 after a short illness. Rest in peace.”
Michael Lang’s response in Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99
Train wreck: Woodstock ’99 shows Lang’s thoughts on the music festival, and ultimately fans criticized his words. When asked about the multiple reported sexual assaults, Lang essentially said he couldn’t have stopped anything because it “happened in secret.” Somehow, for most viewers, Lang and his co-organizer John Scher left a worse taste in the mouths of viewers than the thousands of people who burned down the festival.
in the Train wreck: Woodstock ’99, Lang’s reaction to the failure of the festival is more than disappointing. Neither he nor Scher accept responsibility for the failure of the event. In the closing moments of the weekend, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage to perform. Lang decided to give out thousands of lit candles to viewers. He believed this would be a chance for everyone to unite as the Chili Peppers sang “Under the Bridge.” Instead, the crowd used the candles to set everything on fire.
When asked for his opinion on the ending of Woodstock ’99, Lang said, “I thought it was a horrible ending to a decent weekend. that was it. You continue.”
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