Michael Bloomfieldby Bill Keenom, Michael Bloomfield, Carlos Santana (Foreword by)
(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 access to online audio of unreleased early studio tracks. Hardcover. "(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
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this book is an oral history of first hand accounts of the people who knew and worked with mike bloomfield. can't get any better than that. the included discography and interviewee index are very informative. topping things off is the cd of early jams that came with the hard cover book.i give this book an "A+"
Reading through this book was like "being there" for a good portion of Mike Bloomfield"s life. The compilation of interviews from family members, musicians and others who knew him intimately was well done and kept me totally interested. If you are at all familiar with the Butterfield Blues Band or the Super Session LPs you are going to love this book and the recollections of Nick Gravanites, Mark Naftalin, Elvin Bishop and others. The development of Bloomfield as a top notch blues guitarist is set against the social climate of the times he lived in. I came away with the impression that there was a reluctance to ever become a "Superstar" on his part despite his wonderful talent. This work will allow you to know Mike Bloomfield on a personal level but regretting that his life was cut short.
This is a book that is put together very well. It gives you a real good idea on how things must have been back then. I felt that I lived the experiences that Mike's friends and relatives described. One of my friend's relative's actually lived with Mike for a while, and that even adds to the interest. It's unfortunated that Mike wasn't here to continue to contribute his influence on modern blues and rock and roll music. However what he has left for us, has been a major influence on electric guitar and on American music itself. I think that people don't realize that Bloomfield actually influenced or at least inspired even the likes of Clapton and Hendrix, as he was one of their contemporaries. As well as making the Les Paul guitar, perhaps, the most coveted instrument in the rock and roll, and blues idiom.