Missing Mike Bloomfield

Losing Michael Bloomfield was/is a huge loss to music - he was a crazy great guitar player. He was also an amazing human being (albeit somewhat tortured) - interested in everything, completely engaging and shone the spotlight on everybody else and their talents, instead of his own. He just wanted to play the blues. He didn't give a shit about being famous.

 
 

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
6/28/43 - 2/15/81

Check out this compilation of MB clips and what everybody says about him... there is a box set of MB music (Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands) and a one-hour documentary titled Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield included (apparently this is the trailer for it). The double titling is confusing but I believe the doc is included in the music box set. I have not seen the doc or heard the set but I'm sure it's worth checking out. 

 
 

The comprehensive Michael Bloomfield section in Everybody I Shot Is Dead includes photos I took of him, photographs he took with my camera, my stories about him and a ghost story that happened while I was working on the book. All true. If you don't have a copy of my book, grab it now from HERE. Photographic prints are also available HERE.

Michael Bloomfield's Birthday!

Today was the day, now it is night. I drove down to Huntington Beach today to see my chiropractor - apparently I haven't been there for a year and a half. How is that even possible? I also took Pumpkin to the beach as it was her birthday last Tuesday. Anyway, my point being, was on my way to and from Huntington Beach I passed the location where Michael is buried and I wished him a Happy Birthday. (Not that I believe in a million years that his spirit or energy is hanging around the mausoleum.) If he's anywhere, he's gotta be playing the blues with B.B. King.

This is the only color photograph of Michael eating fire. The black and white one is in the book, Michael Bloomfield - If You Love These Blue: An Oral History, and as I recall it was in a living room.

 
 

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
7/28/43 - 2/15/81

My favorite video clip of MB - it's from the documentary film Festival! - Newport Folk FestivalIt really shows his personality and his praise for others instead of himself. There's also a bit of him playing with Paul Butterfield at the end.

 
 

Michael Bloomfield's section in Everybody I Shot Is Dead includes photographs of him and ones that he took with my camera and the story is personal and includes a real life ghost stories - no kidding. For this week only, in celebration of Michael's birthday, you can purchase the book for 50% off. Just use the discount code MB50%BOOK here. Or purchase a print for 20% off with the discount code MB20%PRINT here and I will send you the book for free. Put the discount code in when you check out.

Michael Bloomfield

I wish people couldn't die. We lost the best white blues guitarist, bar none (sorry Eric), thirty-four years ago. I so wish he was still here.

The story of my crazy but sweet encounters with Michael Bloomfield is laid out in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead (< click to order) along with my photographs and some taken by Michael. It even has an irrefutable ghost story that will send chills up your spine.

Did you know that Bloomfield ate fire? I believe this is the only color photograph of him eating fire. The only other shot I've seen was an old black and white of him doing it in a living room, maybe his parents house.

 
 

MICHAEL BLOOMFIELD
6/28/43 - 2/15/81

Instead of posting a video of him playing, I want you to get a glimpse into his personality and passion. And you get some Son House as a bonus and a bit of Butterfield to boot. I hope you enjoy!

 
 

Selfies - Old School

Now that all-about-me celebrity Kim K has published her coffee table selfies book "Selfish" (how appropriate) I figured I'd share a couple of my own 'old school' selfies.

Yes, selfies have existed ever since the camera (and other devices) were invented. Actually, it probably started in the Stone Age when cave men and women were drawing themselves on the walls of their caves. That was probably the easiest form of creating a selfie, although they may not have been an accurate visual representation.

And selfies before the iPhone and other such devices were invented actually required some level of talent. It's not all that easy to hold a manual camera at yourself and get a picture that's in focus and properly exposed...not to mention capturing the desired composition. More set-up was required. The photos below are selfies I set up and shot. I had to set up the shot (composition), the lighting, focus and exposure. Once that was done, I had to engage the time switch and run back into the frame, looking as natural as possible before the inevitable click.

 
 

It's even more fun when there is another person in the photo, especially when they unexpectedly grab your hands at the last second before the click.