Bloomfield in Video & Film
A collection of film and concert appearances
Monterey Pop 1 (1968)
THE ELECTRIC FLAG debuted at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 17, 1967. Their brief performance was captured on by film maker D.A. Pennebaker but was not used in the original release. This clip comes from the DVD version of the film that includes additional footage. The band's interpretation of Sticks McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" was one of the more exciting moments from the Saturday afternoon program, and features an excellent solo from Mike Bloomfield.
Monterey Pop 2 (1968)
THIS VERY BRIEF snippet from Pennebaker's footage is of the Flag's performance of "Over-lovin' You" and is excerpted from Martin Scorsese's documentary on Bob Dylan called "No Direction Home." This segment is from the Italian version of the film, which is why it has subtitles. Critic Robert Christgau described Bloomfield at Monterey as looking as though he were about to "blow up like a balloon," and Mike's exuberant energy is more than evident in these few seconds of film. Because the original soundtrack for the clip was missing, the Flag's studio recording of the tune has been dubbed in to approximate the actual performance.
A Special Tribute to Michael Bloomfield (1983)
THIS SHORT DOCUMENTARY was made several years after Mike Bloomfield's death by Spencer Dryden and Marty Balin, as a video tribute to Bloomfield that premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. It was shown by Marin Video Archives as part of the festival's "A Celebration of the the Blues" on August 7. It features interviews with Ron Butkovich, a guitarist and friend of Michael's from his Chicago days, and Nick Gravenites, one of Bloomfield's long-time musical partners. Also included are brief scenes from the October 1, 1978 Butterfield Blues Band reunion, filmed at UC Berkeley's Greek Theater, and snippets of rare non-Pennebaker footage of the Electric Flag performing "Groovin' Is Easy" from the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.