There are not a lot of photographs of the Prime Movers Blues Band floating around. No one knew that Jim Osterberg, "Iggy" as we called him, was really Iggy Pop. To us Iggy was a Prime Mover and a damn good drummer. One photographer who was really into the band (as well as our friend) was Al Blixt. Blixt is a superb photographer and went on to support music in the Ann Arbor area in so many ways, including extensive photography at the now-legendary Canterbury House concerts (Buddy Guy, Doc Watson, etc.) and serving some 30 years on the board of "The Ark," perhaps the nation's finest folk venue. We thank Al Blixt for taking these photos to begin with and for sharing them with us now. Thanks Al!
The Prime Movers Blues Band was founded in the summer of 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There were no extant recordings of the band that I knew of until very recently, when this reel-to-reel tape turned up. It confirmed my memories of how the Prime Movers sounded way back then, a little raw perhaps, but into the music. I hope you enjoy the sounds and images of the Prime Movers Blues Band.
- Michael Erlewine Founder All-Music Guide
The main band members included:
Michael Erlewine lead Singer, harmonica
Daniel Erlewine lead guitar
Robert Sheff (keyboards) AKA Blue 'Gene' Tyranny
Jack Dawson (bass)
James Osterberg (drums) AKA "Iggy Pop" Or J.C. "Jesse" Crawford (drums)
Photos by Al Blixt. All rights reserved. You can reach Al Blixt: AlBlixt@AOL.com
This video produced and edited at Heart Center Studios in Big Rapids, Michigan by Michael Erlewine.
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