I first heard about Mr Robin Sommers from my rock poster artist friend Big Rich Dorris. Rich told me how Robin had painted the American flag on Wayne Kramer's signature Fender Stratocaster.
Not long after hearing Rich's story, I got a call from Margaret Saadi Kramer asking me to locate Robin in Detroit as they planned to gift Robin with one of the first Wayne Kramer signature guitars that Fender had just announced in 2011. I found him and was invited to the event
One of the most fantastic stories from back in the MC5 days was that Artist Robin Sommers and Wayne together got the idea of painting the American Flag on Wayne's guitar after seeing Pete Townshend's Union Jack guitar. So together they painted this custom American Flag Fender Stratocaster.
I didn't get to chat with Robin for very long but I was totally charmed to meet him. Sadly, I just learned that he passed away from cancer..Robin Sommers' Memorial will be held at Cass Cafe on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 1pm...Detail pending....RIP Robin...