Monday, January 12, 2015

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to screen 'Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield' and 'Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era'

[Press release from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host two film screenings on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, beginning at 7 p.m.  Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield (58 minutes) and Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era (22 minutes) will be shown in the Museums Foster Theater. Following the screenings, Bob Sarles, director of both films, will discuss Mike Bloomfields legacy as well as the creative revolution of the 1960s.  Bloomfield will be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the class of 2015 as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at or in-person at the Rock Hall box office. Seating is limited. Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 12. General public can RSVP beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13.

This program is part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the return of the Induction Ceremony to Cleveland. Throughout 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will host a number of events to engage music fans, thank the community of supporters and celebrate the spirit and passion of rock and roll.

About Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield:

"You know, I like sweet blues... I want to be singing. I want to be sweet," said music legend Mike Bloomfield of his searing, lyrical guitar playing. His awesome instrumental prowess is on full display in this raucous documentary celebrating the legacy of a hard-living, finger-fretting renegade. Described by fellow icon Al Kooper as "not just another white boy [but] someone who truly knew what the blues were about," Bloomfield drew on African American tradition while burnishing his licks with a radical compositional approach reflecting the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Bloomfield passed away in 1981, but his sterling musicality as the embodiment of Chicago blues lives on through the work of acolytes such as Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Charlie Musselwhite, all of whom testify to the master's enduring influence in Bob Sarles' lovingly crafted film. Sweet, indeed. (Steven Jenkins)

About Feed Your Head: The Psychedelic Era:

From Kesey's early "Acid Tests," to the San Francisco's Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms, Monterey, LA's Sunset Strip, and London's UFO club, culminating with the Woodstock Festival, the birth and evolution of psychedelic music is explored in this documentary film. The film incorporates interviews with the musicians and promoters who shaped the scene with rare and classic performance clips. Produced for exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, this film was part of the Rock Hall's "I Want To Take You Higher" exhibit in 1997.

With Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, Jack Casady, David Crosby, Gary Duncan, David Freiberg, Jerry Garcia, Dave Getz, Bill Graham, James Gurley, Mickey Hart, Chet Helms, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Ray Manzarek, Paul McCartney, Country Joe McDonald, Roger McGuinn, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend and Bob Weir.

About Bob Sarles:

Bob Sarles directed films that are displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the EMP Museum in Seattle, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis. Sarles was a producer and editor on VH1's Behind The Music television series, and directed and edited DVDs about Jefferson Airplane, and John Lee Hooker.  He produced the triple platinum selling, nine-DVD box set, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live! for Time Life, edited the music documentary series Unsung for TVOne and produced and co-directed the concert film Phil Lesh & Friends Live at the Warfield. Since 1995 Bob Sarles has produced and edited artist tribute films for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  Sarles divides his time between his home in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he has a busy career editing documentaries and unscripted television series and running his own production company, Ravin' Films, Inc., with his partner and wife Christina Keating. They are currently in production on a documentary about American satirist Paul Krassner.

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