Brooklyn Woodstock In The Works

The 40th anniversary of Woodstock could be celebrated in Brooklyn, N.Y., if one of the event’s original promoters can work out the multitude of details.

Michael Lang, a co-promoter of the legendary August 1969 fest at Max Yasgur’s farm, is in talks with the New York City Parks Department to secure Prospect Park’s Long Meadow, according to the New York Daily News.

“It’s big. It’s convenient. There’s public transportation – and Brooklyn’s cool,” Lang told the paper. “I’d love to do it. But it’s been a very tough year.”

Lang’s plan is to attract about 150,000 concertgoers to see a mix of original Woodstock acts such as Crosby, Stills and Nash and Neil Young on the bill with newer artists such as Dave Matthews and Phish in contrast to the 30th Woodstock anniversary, which featured Metallica and Megadeth.

“We would like to harken back to something more sentimental,” Lang told the paper. “ ’99 was more of an MTV event. The music was much too angry for me.”

The promoter needs to find sponsors to raise up to $10 million to cover costs for the free, daylong event, possibly by the end of April, for the event to happen, according to the News.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported April 5 there’s a plethora of proposed ideas to promote the Woodstock brand including Radio Woodstock, Web sites, books, an Ang Lee film and a four-hour director’s cut of the original Woodstock documentary.