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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 3: Uneasy Rider

 

The Michael Bloomfield Story

Epilogue

THIS 40-MINUTE segment concludes Mike Bloomfield's remarkable career with his involvement in the innovative brass-rock band, the Electric Flag, and his unexpected success with Al Kooper and "Super Session." It is followed by an Epilogue which covers his work in the '70s leading up to his Grammy nomination for his album, "If You Love These Blues," and his appearance with Bob Dylan in 1980.

CREDITS FOR PART 3/EPILOGUE

Written and directed by David Dann  |  Original concept by Nick Lerman and Alex Wernquest
Narration by Steve Van Benschoten  |  Graphics by David Dann
Photos by Mia Abel, Mario Algaze, Peter Amft, Bob Cato, Tom Copi, Robert Corwin, Norman Dayron, David Gahr, Grant Jacobs, Ron Karr, Elliott Landy, Richard Lewis, Frank Macias, Jim Marshall, Elaine Mayes, Alice Ochs, Don Paulsen, Kim Rush, Steve Rusin, Wayne Salvatore, Ira Schneider, David Urdangen, Baron Wolman
Additional photos courtesy of Allen Bloomfield
Interview clips courtesy of Bill Keenom, Jan Mark Wolkin  |  Michael Bloomfield interviews by Tom Yates, Dan McClosky
Film footage by Internet Archive; President Johnson footage from Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library
Music by Michael Bloomfield, Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper, Michael Bloomfield & Friends, Michael Bloomfield & Woody Harris, Cream, the Electric Flag, Percy Faith, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Velvet Underground
Special thanks to Bill Keenom, Peggy McVickar, Allen Bloomfield
Paul Lerman and Laurie Knoop

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