This is the definitive biography of the legendary guitarist whom Muddy Waters and B. B. King held in high esteem and who created the prototype for Clapton, Hendrix, Page, and those who followed. Bloomfield was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which inspired a generation of white blues players; he played with Bob Dylan in the mid-1960s, when his guitar was a central component of Dylan's new rock sound on "Like a Rolling Stone." He then founded the Electric Flag, recorded Super Session with Al Kooper, backed Janis Joplin, and released at least twenty other albums despite debilitating substance abuse. This book, based on extensive interviews with Bloomfield himself and with those who knew him best, and including an extensive discography and Bloomfield's memorable 1968 Rolling Stone interview, is an intimate portrait of one of the pioneers of rock guitar.
(Book). Guitarist Michael Bloomfield shot to stardom in the '60s with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, The Electric Flag and on Al Kooper's "Super Session." His story is told in the words of his brother, musicians such as B.B. King, producer Paul Rothchild and dozens of others including Bloomfield himself. Features a foreword by Carlos Santana, and audio of unreleased early studio tracks. "(This book) is a look inside the psyche of a musical innovator who deserves a posthumous Nobel Prize and a statue on Rush Street in Chicago. If you love his blues, you'll love this book." Al Kooper
(Guitar Educational). The Legendary Licks series presents the music of a band or artists in a comprehensive play-along package. Each book contains note-for-note transcriptions and detailed performance notes on how to play a multitude of classic licks, fills, riffs, and solos complete with recorded demonstrations of each exercise and gear setup tips. This pack includes instruction on playing 11 of Bloomfield's finest, including: Albert's Shuffle * Another Country * Born in Chicago * East West * The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) * It's My Own Fault Darlin' * Killing Floor * Texas * Wine * Work Song * You're Killing My Love. "Mike Bloomfield is number one. Not only did he play over the top well and I mean amazingly well but he also played what I call 'real' guitar. If you've ever heard Mike Bloomfield, then you know what I'm talking about. It just came from his heart. I never got a chance to see him because he died at an early age, but he was a big influence on me as to the way I learned to bend strings and get everything I could out of a note. One of the best players ever." Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
(Guitar Recorded Versions). A collection of 20 note-for-note transcriptions of Bloomfield's legendary playing, including: Albert's Shuffle * Blues with a Feeling * Born in Chicago * City Girl * Further on up the Road * Going down Slow * Got My Mo Jo Working * Green Onions * Groovin' Is Easy * I Got a Mind to Give up Living * Killing Floor * Like a Rolling Stone * Lovin' Cup * Mary Ann * One Good Man * One Way Out * The Sky Is Crying * Stop * Sho 'Bout to Drive Me Wild * Walkin' Blues.
Named one of the world’s great blues-rock guitarists by Rolling Stone, Mike Bloomfield (1943–1981) remains beloved by fans nearly forty years after his untimely death. Taking readers backstage, onstage, and into the recording studio with this legendary virtuoso, David Dann tells the riveting stories behind Bloomfield’s work in the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the mesmerizing Electric Flag, as well as the Super Session album with Al Kooper and Stephen Stills, Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, and soundtrack work with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. In vivid chapters drawn from meticulous research, including more than seventy interviews with the musician’s friends, relatives, and band members, music historian David Dann brings to life Bloomfield’s worlds, from his comfortable upbringing in a Jewish family on Chicago’s North Shore to the gritty taverns and raucous nightclubs where this self-taught guitarist helped transform the sound of contemporary blues and rock music. With scenes that are as electrifying as Bloomfield’s music, this is the story of a life lived at full volume.
Mike Bloomfield met Al Kooper at a recording session for Bob Dylan's Highway 61 album. Al had previously played with The Blues Project and then started Blood Sweat and Tears. Mike had played with the black bluesmen of Chicago before joining The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Mike later formed The Electric Flag with Nick Gravenites. The stories of Paul Butterfield and David Clayton Thomas are intermingled with those of Mike and Al and are also told in this 4-in-1 book. Paul and Mike were both casualties of the blues; Al and David are continuing their careers into the millennium. A track-by-track review of most of their albums and singles is included, many albums and recordings have been unavailable since the 1970s or earlier.