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Michael Bloomfield


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Ed Ward has been the "rock 'n' roll historian" for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross since its inception, and has contributed over 500 stories to it. He helped found the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, was on one of the early staffs at Rolling Stone and has written for Creem, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Austin, Texas. Billy F. Gibbons is the guitarist and lead vocalist of ZZ Top. He lives in Los Angeles.


"In this chronicle of a life found and lost, Ed Ward writes with deep empathy, and also with a hard-boiled patience that burns off all sentiment. It is the perfect tone for a story Ward never tries to make bigger than it is, so that finally it makes terrible and final sense." --Greil Marcus, author of The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs and Mystery Train
"[A] terrific book, which charts the course of Bloomfield's life and career with style, detail and insight." --Chicago Tribune
"Michael Bloomfield was brilliant, troubled, flawed, charming, and dauntingly influential, and Ed Ward adeptly balances his strengths and weaknesses, creating a picture of a man who was all too in tune with a complicated time." --Elijah Wald, author of Dylan Goes Electric! and Escaping the Delta
"A brilliant biography of the ethereal Chicago blues guitar giant who shook the walls down in the '60s and '70s with his soaring art. There is a mother lode of fresh rock 'n' roll history in these pages. The discography alone is worth the price of admission. Highly recommended!" --Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage and The Wilderness Warrior
"As a biographer, Ward successfully conveys the complex story of a troubled Jew, who could shake a string like no one else." --Tablet Magazine
"A riveting tale of a restless spirit." --Rolling Stone

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