Michael Bloomfield performing at the Rivoli Theater, Indianopolis, in 1973. Photo courtesy Steve Rusin
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.
Bloomfield and bassist John Kahn perfrom at San Jose State University in 1970. Wayne Salvatore photo
By David Dann
University of Texas Press | $39.95
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.