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!