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The Michael Bloomfield Story

IN CELEBRATION OF Michael Bloomfield's 67th birthday anniversary, mikebloomfieldamericanmusic.com offers a video biography of the legendary guitarist, detailing his remarkable career with images, interview clips and music. Created by filmmakers Nick Lerman and Alex Wernquest, and by site-manager David Dann, this three-part narrative begins with Bloomfield as a young, up-and-coming guitarist recording for John Hammond Sr., playing with Bob Dylan and joining the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It then follows Michael as he creates the Electric Flag and performs to standing ovations at Monterey, records "Super Session" with Al Kooper and then pursues a career playing music on his own terms. Included are excerpts from previously unheard Bloomfield recordings as well as rare and seldom-seen photos of the guitarist.

A note about the content used in this production: This video is intended for educational purposes only and is not to be sold or otherwise distributed for profit. It is a production of the non-profit website mikebloomfieldamericanmusic.com and all images seen in it that have been used without the permission of their owners appear under the fair usage guidelines and are for illustrative purposes only. Please also note that this video should not be confused with, and is not associated with the soon-to-be-completed feature documentary "If You Love These Blues: The Life and Music of Mike Bloomfield." "If You Love These Blues," produced by Ravin' Films and directed by Bob Sarles, is expected to be released in 2012. The film will include rare interviews and performance footage of Mike Bloomfield, and on-camera interviews with B.B. King, Al Kooper, Elvin Bishop, Carlos Santana, Bill Graham, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg and many others. More information about Ravin' Films may be found at http://ravinfilms.com

The Michael Bloomfield Story

Part 1: The Early Years

THIS 25-MINUTE segment covers Bloomfield's early days in Chicago and New York, his groundbreaking recording sessions with Bob Dylan and his pivotal appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

CREDITS FOR PART 1

Directed and edited by Nick Lerman and Alex Wernquest  |  Produced and written by David Dann
Narration by Steve Van Benschoten  |  Graphics by David Dann
Photos by John Byrne Cooke, Norman Dayron, Raeburn Flerlage, David Gahr, Don Hunstein, 
Murray Lerner, Don Paulsen, Jim Marshall, John Rudoff, Michael Shea, Chuck Stewart
Additional photos courtesy of Allen Bloomfield  |  Interview clips courtesy of Bill Keenom & Jan Mark Wolkin
Film footage by Internet Archive, Murray Lerner
Music by Michael Bloomfield, Sonny Terry, Rooftop Singers, John Hammond, Count Basie Orchestra,
The Group, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt
Special thanks to Bill Keenom, Peggy McVickar, Allen Bloomfield
Paul Lerman and Laurie Knoop

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