Interview Date: Monday Feb 24 @ 7 pm EST (4 pm PST) (Podcast Length: 30:40)
Special Guest: Sam Andrew (Part 1 of 2) -helped define San Francisco’s psychedelic rock scene in a pivotal time in US history. Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin along with other bands like The Mama’s and Papa’s, the Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane captured both the media attention as well as the world’s imagination during the 1960’s Hippie Era. Together Sam Roberts and working partner Janis Joplin gave a voice to the counter culture attitudes and anti-establishment sentiments that they were immersed in – playing ground breaking venues like Woodstock, The Monterrey Pop Festival and even christened the venue known as ”The Church of rock and Roll” opening as the headlining act at the Fillmore East on March 8 1968. Sam Andrews wrote some of Janis Joplin and the Big Brother and the Holding Companies most loved songs like “Call on Me” and “Combination of the Two”, He and his fellow band mate James Gurley have been credited as playing some of the greatest psychedelic guitar solos of all time.
“Janis Joplin and I had taken two LSD trips together “
Sam Andrew, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix - © Jim Marshall Photography LLC
In this podcast Sam Andrew and I talk about his first Guitar, the band sound pre- Janis Joplin, he and Janis Joplin going to see Otis Redding before they became famous, we talk about by Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg and Mantra-Rock Dance as well as the term “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Sam Andrews tells some fantastic stories about taking acid with Janis Joplin and we talk extensively about Augustus Owsley Stanley III (a.k.a. “Bear”). We finish of with how Big Brother and The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin were invited to play at the Monterrey Pop Festival.
Owsley ‘Bear’ Stanley, left, with the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.