Classic Rock Corner

Janis Joplin And Her "Big Brothers" Come Back Live And Raw

A boon for classic-rock fans in recent years has been an increased activity in vault-mining, as record labels are discovering, polishing up, and releasing a lot of unearthed "new" material from favorite bands in the form of live shows, as well as outtakes, demos, new songs and alternate versions often tacked onto "Legacy" or "Deluxe" reissues of classic albums.

Janis Joplin fans have reason to celebrate with the appearance of Big Brother & The Holding Company: Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 and the two-disc The Pearl Sessions (both Columbia/Legacy). The former was originally recorded by legendary '60s acid guru/Grateful Dead associate Owsley "Bear" Stanley III, who supervised the mastering just prior to his 2011 auto accident death in Australia.

Rocks Off recently spoke with Big Brother drummer Dave Getz about the live record, the long shadow of the girl from Port Arthur, and a musical collaboration more than 40 years in the making.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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