The Man Who Changed the Way
a Generation Played music

1943–1981

Michael Bloomfield performing at the Rivoli Theater, Indianopolis, in 1973. Photo courtesy Steve Rusin

BLOOMFIELD HISTORY

Biography

Career chronology

Recordings

Guitars

Extras

Videos

CELEBRATING A
GREAT AMERICAN

GUITARIST

This site is dedicated to the life and work of the pioneering blues and rock guitarist Michael Bloomfield. It began in 2007 as an expanded discography of Bloomfield's many recording projects, but quickly evolved to include many other aspects of Bloomfield's remarkable career. With the publishing of Guitar King: Michael

Bloomfield's Life in the Blues by David Dann, the site has been reconfigured to serve as an appendix to that extensive biography of the legendary guitarist. A more complete history of the life, music and artistry of Michael Bloomfield can be found in the book, which will be available from major bookstores and online retailers in October 2019.

SITE MISSION

Bloomfield and bassist John Kahn perfrom at San Jose State University in 1970. Wayne Salvatore photo

THE BOOK

GUITAR KING: MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD'S LIFE IN THE BLUES

By David Dann

University of Texas Press | $39.95

From the UT Press website: 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 David DannRevisited," 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.

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD | AN AMERICAN GUITARIST

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