Known best as a creator and producer of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Lang also founded a music label called Just Sunshine Records and produced numerous music events and film projects through his Michael Lang Organization.
After briefly studying at New York University, he established a tobacco store in Coconut Grove, Florida, and subsequently produced the Miami Pop Festival of 1968.
He helped produce director Wes Anderson's 1990s movie Bottle Rocket.
He was raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York. His marriage resulted in five children, including twin daughters named LariAnn and Shala.
He produced a Delta blues album by the guitarist and singer known as "Mississippi Fred McDowell."