“I only played with Janis for two and a half years, but we crammed a lot into that short time,” says Sam Andrew, co-founder and co-guitarist (along with James Gurley) of Big Brother And The Holding Company, one of most explosive musical forces to come out of San Francisco and the band which catapulted Janis Joplin to legend. “We were constantly exploring and reaching. The era let us do that. It was exciting.”

Although Big Brother And The Holding Company are now thought of as Joplin’s backing band, the truth is, the singer joined the group (which also included drummer Dave Getz and bassist Peter Albin) after they had firmly established themselves as one of the Bay Area’s prime movers. “Janis was part of the band,” says Andrew. “Eventually, she went off on her own, but when she was with us, we were a team.” [read]


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