Fred Weintraub, the producer, who has died aged 88, had a long career in several branches of the entertainment world, ranging from houses of ill fame to the film industry, and he helped the spirit of the 1960s to take root by promoting young performers at his club in New York and by producing the film of the historic rock concert at Woodstock.
In 1969 the bearded, pony-tailed Weintraub found himself unexpectedly the nebulously titled Vice-President of Creative Services at Warner Bros, after a friend had bought the studio. Asked to justify his appointment despite his lack of experience in the business, he riposted: “I’ve never made a bad movie.”
On his first day at work, an acquaintance turned up and asked for $100,000 to help fund a documentary about a concert he was organising that weekend in upstate New York. Weintraub’s days as a club promoter had given him a nose for what young people...
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