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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 2: Guitar King

THIS 30-MINUTE segment covers Bloomfield's ascendancy as the foremost electric guitar player on the American popular music scene from 1965 to 1967. It follows his career as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, from the band's effect on the rock music of the West Coast to its tours the U.S. and England. The video also traces the early days of the Electric Flag as the band creates music for "The Trip" and debuts at the Monterey Pop Festival.

CREDITS FOR PART 2

Written and directed by David Dann  |  Original concept, technical assistance by Nick  Lerman and Alex Wernquest
Narration by Steve Van Benschoten  |  Graphics by David Dann
Photos by Bryan Costales,Mick Gold, William S. Harvey, Don Hunstein, Don Paulsen
Jim Marshall, Elaine Mayes, Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, Kim Rush, David Walters
Additional photos courtesy of Allen Bloomfield
Interview clips courtesy of Bill Keenom, Jan Mark Wolkin  |  Michael Bloomfield interview by Tom Yates
Film footage by Internet Archive; "Monterey Pop," D.A. Pennebaker
“To Tell the Truth” footage courtesy of Marshall Akers
Music by the Blues Project, Booker T & the MGs, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Coltrane
Electric Flag, Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Mamas & the Papas, John Mayall Bluesbreakers
Scott McKenzie, Wilson Pickett, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mitch Ryder
Sam & Dave, Velvet Underground, the Who
Special thanks to Bill Keenom, Peggy McVickar, Allen Bloomfield
Paul Lerman and Laurie Knoop

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© 2011 David Dann