11 page (!) article on Bloomfield in the next Vintage Guitar.
I was just listening to Super Session on a long drive last weekend.
didn't Bloomfield join in with the Dead on a jam during one show?
From a Rolling Stone interview:
"Bloomfield then strayed onto the subject of music from Rolling Stone’s home turf.
“I don’t dig San Francisco groups … I think San Francisco music isn’t good music. Not good bands. They’re amateur cats.”
He took a shot at one of Wenner’s favorite groups, the Grateful Dead, with words that would come back to haunt him.
“I don’t dig Pigpen trying to sing blues; it don’t sound like blues. It sounds like some white kid trying to sing blues. It drags me …”
Wenner protested, defending the Dead as the essence of San Francisco. Bloomfield agreed, but dismissed them with faint praise.
“[The Dead] are San Francisco, everything that is San Francisco. They’re hip. Really, and I like them for that. Just like the Stones for those uptight meth-y little teenagers …”"
"In early 1971, John Kahn had the unique status of being the bass player for the part-time nightclub bands of not one, but two legendary guitarists, Mike Bloomfield and Jerry Garcia. One of many special features of the Bay Area rock scene at the time was how the City's resident rock stars regularly played around Bay Area nightclubs in different configurations. Bloomfield, Garcia and Jorma Kaukonen were among the best known guitarists in San Francisco, and yet they could be found on weeknights in local clubs, jamming away with their own little ensembles. No other city had such a scene at the time."
"Do not write so that you can be understood, write so that you cannot be misunderstood." -Epictetus
First show: 8/16/69 (Woodstock)
Last show: 3/19/95 (Unbroken Chain breakout)
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