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Michael Bloomfield’s rise and fall chronicled

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The son of a wealthy Jewish Chicago businessman, Michael Bloomfield learned guitar from the masters in South Side joints (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, et al.), and became a seminal figure in the development of blues-rock guitar. Ed Ward expands and revises his 1983 bio, and essentially creates a new work with Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero (Chicago Review Press). Ward, the rock historian for Fresh Air on NPR stations, traces Bloomfield’s career, from his session work with Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited), to playing in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and founding the Electric Flag. Bloomfield’s star in the rock firmament was shining brightly; but a heroin habit led to the musician’s untimely death, in 1981, at the age of 37. — Mordecai Specktor

(American Jewish World, 8.26.16)


VIDEO: Michael Bloomfield and the Electric Flag play “Over Lovin’ You” at Monterey, 1967. “Dig yourselves! It’s really groovy!”

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