Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company

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KTVU news footage from c1967 in San Francisco with reporter Gary E. Park featuring views of San Francisco rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, performing their version of 'Down on Me' in an old warehouse and then sitting down for an interview. Peter Albin explains the origin of the band's name and Janis Joplin reflects on audience reactions to their performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Dave Getz, Sam Andrew, Albin and Joplin all go on to discuss the evolution of rock music and the band's specific influences. Joplin is asked to try and isolate what makes the local music scene so distinctive and points out how: "the thing that makes what they call the San Francisco music scene, as far as I'm concerned, is first of all the freedom to create here."

In May 2019 Movette Film Transfer of San Francisco remastered the camera original 16mm positive film elements used to produce these moving images in 2K resolution (2048x1556 pixels), using a Lasergraphics film scanner. Note that during this process, another 80 seconds of footage was discovered featuring the band playing 'Down on Me', which has never been seen before. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Type of material
archival news film
16mm b&w magnetic sound film
Rights for this video belong to
Cox Enterprises Inc/KTVU
Date aired
Originally aired on
KTVU 92-1-2K

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Thanks for posting the Big Brother and the Holding Company interview. 

Thank you so much for sharing this.

This rare footage of Big Brother and the Holding Company from 1967 is so beautiful and rare and is just GOLD> wish there was more to see of this session. Great to see everyone talk, well James Gurley was very quiet. Please release any more rare footage of the band that exists. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for posting the Big Brother and the Holding Company interview.  They were all so young and cute and Janis is charming.  I've been a fan of theirs for decades.  It's a cool band.

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