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Revised Michael Bloomfield biography coming this fall

By Gary Graff
May 16, 2016

Veteran music journalist Ed Ward has revised and expanded his 1983 biography Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero, examining the accomplishments of the blues-rock pioneer who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Ward’s book was published briefly in 1983, but the additions to the new edition—due out September 1—make it “for all intents and purposes a new book,” according to the Chicago Review Press.

The book was written with “the full cooperation of the Bloomfield estate” and includes Ward’s own interviews with Bloomfield as well as his families and musical colleagues. In addition to the Butterfield band, Bloomfield co-founded the Electric Flag, played on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, worked with Janis Joplin and also extensively with pal Al Kooper on a pair of Super Session albums.

Bloomfield died in 1981 from a drug overdose. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons wrote a new foreword for the book.