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
Bloomfield solos during the Butterfield Band's first workshop appearance at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 23, 1965. Photographer unknown
THE EARLY YEARS
DYLAN, BUTTER, FLAG