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Summething Remembered

Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 19, 2013 12:28 AM

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Under the August Moon, 1975, at a Summerthing Event in Chinatown. Photo by Nick DeWolf

This is a blog featuring opinion, fact, and assorted esoterica. We are not claiming the journalism mantle. Whatever that still is! . Enjoy..

"I'm astounded by people who want to know the universe, when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown." ... Woody Allen

A Summerthing moment was captured by Nick DeWolf, a photographer worth knowing, whose work will appear in our book, Dirty Old Boston along with so many other Bostonians' work who captured moments that have made history. This is an August Moon dance festival, 1975, in Chinatown, reportedly sponsored by Summerthing, a city program providing entertainment for Bostonians. Photo taken below in1975 and furnished by Vinnie Capone.VinnyCapone.jpg

A little history, or is it herstory, is in order. Quoting from, on June 29, 1970, "Rock music will resound in Harvard Stadium this summer, but the sound may not please all ears in Cambridge." (Ed. Pleasing all ears in Cambridge is a loser's mission)

The City of Boston's "Summer thing" arts festival and the Shaeffer Brewing Company are jointly sponsoring a series of 18 concerts at the Stadium. Those appearing in concert included The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and the Supremes.

Though there have been other concerts in Harvard Stadium in years past, this is the first summer the University had  lent the stadium for a full-fledged concert series. (Ed note: With tax exempt status that is the least they could do).

While all went smoothly at the first concert, some members of the crowd rushed into Harvard Square, snatching purses, and roughing up passers-by. (Ed. note. The class warfare should have been forseen, but when the sponsoring institution has Bucks DeLuxe, WTF do they think? Except in hindsight as exemplified by their poor planning!) .... Harvard may be brilliant, but streetwise? You tell it kid!

The next concert stirred criticism from City officials. Oh sheesh!  Those sponsoring the concerts had agreed to provide their own security; no police were stationed in the stadium during the concert. Still, there were other enjoyable moments of perfomance all over town from Summerthing. This blog invite's memories posted as comments. If pictures are avilable that would be a major bonus! Please post to Dirty Old Boston

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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