The son of a wealthy restaurant supply manufacturer, Michael Bloomfield was meant to go into the family business. But it was the music of his Chicago neighborhood that caught his attention. Given a guitar at age 13, he became the country's first great blues-rock master.
Michael Bloomfield with his paternal grandmother, Ida, at his bar mitzvah in 1956. Photo courtesy of Allen Bloomfield
The Electric Flag rehearses at the Heliport in Sausalito in the fall of 1967. From left, Harvey Brooks, Buddy Miles, Herbie Rich and Michael Bloomfield. Photo by Bob Cato
Bloomfield relaxes with a book and his dog Harry on the porch of his Wellesley Court home in Mill Valley in 1968. He had recently quit the Electric Flag and was recuperating from three years of constant touring. Alice Ochs photo