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Category Archives: Bert Sommer

Smile ~ Bert Sommer*

***** “Okay, okay—it’s coming up! Here I come, here I come!”  — Bert Sommer (1979) The lanky thirty-year-old nudged his friend; the two of them slouched down in the Cinerama … Continue reading

August 12, 2022 · 6 Comments

Just Smile

Bert Sommer ended his set with a huge smile. Not just on his face, but also in a song:  His first live performance unfurled organically in this peaceful, beautiful setting, … Continue reading

August 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bert Sommer in Brockport (“it was the ’70s”) . . . and a bit of my M.O.)

I am casting a net—hoping to pull in a catch of informed insights, quirky anecdotes, and pithy quotes from people I have never met. Telescoping back more than fifty years—and … Continue reading

September 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Bert Sommer — Shindig! Issue #94

There he was again—the tall, gangly kid with the tangled mop of hair, his floppy sneaker laces dragging around the stage as The Vagrants set up. What was he, 16? … Continue reading

September 2, 2019 · 5 Comments

Bert Sommer – Discovering Woodstock’s Lost Treasure

When you think about Woodstock, who comes to mind? Well, yes, the Who—and Jimi and Janis and Richie and Sly, Santana and Canned Heat and Arlo and . . . … Continue reading

August 7, 2018 · 9 Comments