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The stories about the great Michael Bloomfield and the making of “Like A Rolling Stone” are many and oft-repeated. Not least interesting: the one about how Al Kooper showed up at the Columbia studio hoping to play guitar, heard Bloomfield play and knew he was overmatched — but then snuck back in to play the organ, and, with Bloomfield, helped make the recording all that it was and is.
The larger story of Michael Bloomfield, though, and where that 1965 session fit in, is in danger of fading. All the better to have “The Michael Bloomfield Story,” a video that goes back to the beginning, tracing Bloomfield’s early connections with, among others, Charlie Musselwhite, Moses Asch, John Hammond (Senior and Junior), and Robbie Robertson, as well as Butterfield and Dylan.
Here is the second part of the video as it appears on YouTube, covering the “Rolling Stone” sessions and a great deal more. The entire film is worth watching.
And, just for kicks, here is Al Kooper telling in part about the “Rolling Stone” session, with his impression of producer Tom Wilson.