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Big Brother and the Holding Company

 

BBig Brother & The Holding Company was formed in 1965 by Peter Albin and Sam Andrew. Guitarist James Gurley joined the band and the trio soon began playing open jam sessions hosted by Chet Helms. Soon after, Chuck Jones joined the group as the drummer, but he played only through the Trips Festival in January 1966 and was replaced by David Getz.

Big Brother became the extremely popular house band at the Avalon Ballroom, but it was primarily an instrumental band. Chet Helms decided that the band needed a vocalist, and he contacted Janis Joplin about joining. Joplin made the trip from Austin, Texas and debuted with Big Brother on June 10, 1966. Joplin's strong vocals were a major turning point for Big Brother and they went on to achieve national success.

Big Brother's first major breakthrough was its performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Shortly thereafter, they signed a contract with Columbia Records. Columbia booked the band for engagements around the country and on March 8, 1968, Big Brother became the first band to play at the newly opened Fillmore East and the performance was lauded by the press, citing Janis as ranking in sexual pizzazz with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, and praising “her belting, groovy style,” mixing Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown. Joplin continued with the band until December 1, 1968 when she left for a solo career, first assembling the Kosmic Blues Band, later followed by the Full-Tilt Boogie Band in 1970. Joplin was an immensely talented but troubled and insecure person, and in 1970 she died of a heroin overdose.

 

Posters and Handbills Featuring Big Brother and the Holding Company

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Mount Rushmore at Straight Theater 7/21-23/67 by Frank Melton

7/21/1967

AOR-2.220

Straight Theater 7/21-23/67
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Continental Ballroom 8/11-12/67 by Unknown

8/11/1967

AOR-2.342

Continental Ballroom 8/11-12/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 8/24-27/67 by Robert Fried

8/24/1967

FD-77

Avalon Ballroom 8/24-27/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at 1601 West Evans, Denver CO 9/8-9/67 by Rick Griffin

9/8/1967

FD-79

1601 West Evans, Denver CO 9/8-9/67

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Grateful Dead at Hollywood Bowl 9/15/67 by Jim Blashfield & 
Herb Greene

9/15/1967

BG-81

Hollywood Bowl 9/15/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Family Park, San Jose, CA 10/8/67 by Mari Tepper

10/8/1967

AOR-2.339

Family Park, San Jose, CA 10/8/67
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at The Ark 10/13-14/67 by Unknown

10/13/1967

AOR-2.311

The Ark 10/13-14/67
No current products  
Grateful Dead at Winterland 10/31/67 by Rick Griffin & 
Alton Kelley & 
Stanley Mouse

10/31/1967

AOR-2.183

Winterland 10/31/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Fillmore Auditorium 11/2/67 Winterland 11/3-4/67 by Bonnie MacLean

11/2/1967

BG-91

Fillmore Auditorium 11/2/67 Winterland 11/3-4/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at The Ark 11/4/67 by Unknown

11/4/1967

AOR-2.310

The Ark 11/4/67
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 11/23/67 by Rick Griffin

11/23/1967

AOR-2.19

Avalon Ballroom 11/23/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 11/23-25/67 by Joe Gomez

11/23/1967

FD-93

Avalon Ballroom 11/23-25/67

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Winterland 12/16-17/67 by Gut

12/16/1967

AOR-2.207

Winterland 12/16-17/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Shrine Auditorium 12/18/67 by Gut

12/18/1967

AOR-3.52

Shrine Auditorium 12/18/67

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Doors at Winterland 12/26-31/67 by Bonnie MacLean

12/26/1967

BG-99

Winterland 12/26-31/67

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Jefferson Airplane at Winterland 12/31/67 by Bonnie MacLean

12/31/1967

BG-100

Winterland 12/31/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Fillmore Auditorium 1/25/68 Winterland 1/26-27/68 by Jack Hatfield & 
Louis Sozzi

1/25/1968

BG-104

Fillmore Auditorium 1/25/68 Winterland 1/26-27/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Grande Ballroom 3/1 & 2/68 by Gary Grimshaw

3/1/1968

DET-GBR.1968.03.01

Grande Ballroom 3/1 & 2/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Fillmore Auditorium 4/11/68 Winterland 4/12-13/68 by Patrick Lofthouse & 
Tom Weir

4/11/1968

BG-115

Fillmore Auditorium 4/11/68 Winterland 4/12-13/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Straight Theater 4/28/68 by San Andreas Fault

4/24/1968

MSC-SAG.1968.04.24

Straight Theater 4/28/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Shrine Exposition Hall 5/3-6/1/68 by John Van Hamersveld

5/3/1968

MSC-SHA.1968.05.03

Shrine Exposition Hall 5/3-6/1/68
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Valley State College Gym, Northridge, CA 5/12/68 by Rick Griffin

5/12/1968

MSC-VSC.1968.05.12

Valley State College Gym, Northridge, CA 5/12/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Freeborn Hall UC Davis 5/17/68 by Unknown

5/17/1968

AOR-3.11

Freeborn Hall UC Davis 5/17/68
No current products  
Doors at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 5/18 & 19/68 by Carson - Morris Studios

5/18/1968

AOR-2.341

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 5/18 & 19/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Carousel Ballroom 5/24-26/68 by Crazy Arab

5/24/1968

AOR-2.164

Carousel Ballroom 5/24-26/68
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Fillmore Auditorium 6/13/68 Winterland 6/14-15/68 by Bob Fried & 
Jonathan Julian

6/13/1968

BG-124

Fillmore Auditorium 6/13/68 Winterland 6/14-15/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Carousel Ballroom 6/20-23/68 by Bob Seidemann

6/20/1968

MSC-CRL.1968.06.20

Carousel Ballroom 6/20-23/68
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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Fillmore West 7/16-21/68 by Lee Conklin

7/16/1968

BG-129

Fillmore West 7/16-21/68

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Fillmore West 9/12-14/68 by Rick Griffin

9/12/1968

BG-136

Fillmore West 9/12-14/68

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Joan Baez at Rose Bowl 9/15/68 by Bob Schnepf & 
John Van Hamersveld

9/15/1968

AOR-3.71

Rose Bowl 9/15/68
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Grande Ballroom 10/15/68 by Carl Lundgren & 
Donnie Dope

10/15/1968

DET-GBR.1968.10.15

Grande Ballroom 10/15/68

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Steve Miller Band at Winterland 11/20 & 21/70 by Randy Tuten

11/20/1970

MSC-WIN.1970.11.20

Winterland 11/20 & 21/70

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Friends and Relations Hall - Great Highway 12/31/71 by Burray Olson

12/31/1971

MSC-FRL.1971.12.31

Friends and Relations Hall - Great Highway 12/31/71

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Maritime Hall 4/30/94 by Emek

4/30/1994

MOD-EMK.1994.04.30

Maritime Hall 4/30/94

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