In Joplin traveled to San Francisco to audition for Big Brother and the Holding Company. The band consisted of James Gurley, Dave Getz, Peter Albin, and Sam Andrew. Initially, Joplin only played the tambourine and sang background on a few songs.
Legendary "Festival Express" Documentary of trans-Canada train trip which stopped in different locations to allow the passengers to perform. The Grateful Dead, Janis, The Band et al. On board jamming and interviews.
“It was Janis who took the audience’s breath away at Monterey, this Texas white girl who belts the rocking blues like no one else, propelled by one of the founding bands of the San Francisco sound.” –John Byrne Cooke Photo by Paul Ryan