First generation San Francisco hippy band Big Brother
And The Holding Company play at the Anderson Theater, New York City, USA. This is their first live show in New York. Support is provided by B.B. King
. Ed Sanders of The Fugs
attends the show and hangs out with Big Brother
after the show.
Village Voice, unknown reviewer : New York's golden ears came out ringing from the Saturday evening performances of Janis Joplin at the Anderson Theatre on Second Avenue. The two shows were the East Coast premiere of Big Brother and the Holding Company - long the favourite group of the San Francisco dance halls - but it was all Janis. Outside of soul, no girl has emerged with the sexual pizzaz of male singers like Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Now, with Janis, all this is over. She looks like the girl next door, but you live on the Lower East Side. Although not beautiful in the usual sense, she sure projects. Janis is a sex symbol in an unlikely package.
Her belting, groovy style combines Bessie Smith's soul with the finesse of Aretha Franklin covered all over with James Brown drive. She jumps and runs and pounces, vibrating the audience with solid sound. The range of her earthy dynamic voice seems almost without limits. At times she seems to be singing harmony with herself.