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Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero

Chicago Review Press, September, 2016

The Paradox of Fame and the Meaning of the Blues

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero is the original and classic biography of the life and music times of the late Michael Bloomfield, the white blues guitarist who first hatched the guitar hero mold and whose music helped inspire a generation.

The Bloomfield legacy can be heard in the music of about any white rock guitarist using the blues form. His music altered the course of dozens of rock careers, from Bob Dylan to Jimi Hendrix, by injecting Chicago blues, volume and virtuosity into the rock mainstream of the '60s and '70s.

His innovative performances with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, Electric Flag, Super Session and Janis Joplin brought him national recognition. His generally uncompromising attitude toward his music made him into a major music figure. But despite his fame, money and unquestioned virtuosity, Bloomfield could not deal with stardom and the stresses that came with it.

Written by preeminent music journalist and original Rolling Stone writer, Ed Ward, the book, highly researched and documented, is the basis for the published Bloomfield works that have followed. With dozens of original interviews, photographs and extensive documentary material from Bloomfield himself, the book presents a comprehensive view of the man and his work. From the wealthy suburbs of Chicago, to loose living in San Francisco, to his tragic death from a still unexplained drug overdose.

Ward has updated his long out-of-print 1983 book and is readying it for physical -- and digital -- book publication with many add-ins: Jann Wenner's 1968 Rolling Stone 2-part Bloomfield interview; a complete discography; new photographs, music, video and other choice features.

Michael Bloomfield-Legendary Licks
An Inside Look at the Guitar Style of Michael Bloomfield

Guitar Instruction
CD included

By Dave Celentano

The Legendary Licks series presents the music of a band or artist in a comprehensive play-along package. Each book contains note-for-note transcriptions and detailed performance notes on how to play a multitude of classic licks, riffs and solos--complete with recorded demonstrations.

- Note-For-Note transcriptions
- CD with Recorded Demonstrations
- Performance Notes
- Gear Setup

Albert's Shuffle
Killing Floor
Another Country
Work Song
Born in Chicago
Killing My Love
It's My Own Fault
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

Cherry Lane Music Company/Hal Leonard Corporation