Evolving out of the San Francisco rock scene of the mid-1960s, Big Brother was in the forefront of the psychedelic music movement. The band was formed by Peter Albin, Sam Andrew, James Gurley and Chuck Jones in San Francisco, in a Victorian mansion-cum-boarding
house owned by Peter’s uncle at 1090 Page Street in the Haight Ashbury
section. 1090 Page became the site of Wednesday night jam sessions for local musicians. During the summer of 1965. Originally called the Blue Yard Hill, with various members floating in and out, Big Brother became a reality in September of that year. The name was selected by legendary concert promoter Chet Helms from a list of names that the band was
reviewing for consideration. “Big Brother” was near the top of the list and “The Holding
Company” close to the bottom; with a decision to combine the two, Big Brother and the Holding Company was born.
In 2008 the band released “The Lost Tapes” a 2-CD set of material that is made up of
some old recordings with Janis Joplin that have never before been released along with the original version of “Cheaper Thrills” which has always been hard to come by. In total there will be 25 songs in the two CD’s and what better time than the 40th Anniversary of the “Cheap Thrills” album release. 2008 will also see the release of a major motion picture about the life of
Janis Joplin and the band is actively involved in consulting on the picture which will hopefully be released before the end of the year. This edition of Big Brother & The Holding Company is one you don’t want to miss. The hits are as alive today as they were back in the 60’s
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