A report on Janis Joplin and The Band

Joplin in 1970
The Band in 1969: (left to right) Manuel, Hudson, Helm, Robertson, Danko
Joplin in 1960 as a graduating senior in high school
"Big Pink" in 2006
Joplin (seated) with Big Brother and the Holding Company, c. 1966–1967 photograph Bob Seidemann
L to R: Danko, Helm and Manuel on tour in Hamburg, Germany, in 1971
Joplin performs with Tom Jones on This Is Tom Jones in late 1969
Hudson in 1971
Newspaper review of Joplin's 1969 concert at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio includes the fact that before it started she walked to the lobby and watched audience members arrive.
Bob Dylan and the Band in Chicago, 1974: (left to right) Danko, Robertson, Dylan and Helm
Janis Joplin performing at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July 1968
The Band with guests at the Last Waltz concert. Photo: David Gans
Joplin photographed by Jim Marshall in 1969, one year before her death
The Band in Hamburg, 1971: (left to right) Manuel, Danko, Robertson, and Helm

After recording Stage Fright, the Band was among the acts participating in the Festival Express, an all-star rock concert tour of Canada by train that also included Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and future Band member Richard Bell (at the time he was a member of Joplin's band).

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From June 28 to July 4, 1970, during the Festival Express tour, Joplin and Full Tilt Boogie performed alongside Buddy Guy, the Band, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Ten Years After, the Grateful Dead, Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Andersen, and Ian & Sylvia.

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Joplin in 1970

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The Grateful Dead in 1970, from a promotional photo shoot. Left to right: Bill Kreutzmann, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh.

Grateful Dead

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American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.

American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.

The Grateful Dead in 1970, from a promotional photo shoot. Left to right: Bill Kreutzmann, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh.
The Grateful Dead in 1980. Left to right: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh. Not pictured: Brent Mydland.
The Mantra-Rock Dance promotional poster featuring the Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 1987: Jerry Garcia (custom Tiger guitar), Mickey Hart (drums).
Bob Weir onstage in 2007, playing a Modulus G3FH
Mickey Hart leading a drum circle in February 2005
Panorama of the Fare Thee Well performance at Soldier Field, Chicago on July 5, 2015
An acoustic performance at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco in 1980. Left to right: Garcia, Lesh, Kreutzmann, Weir, Hart, Mydland.
Phil Lesh (left) performing with TelStar in 2008
New York artist Greg Speirs wearing the "Skully" tie-dyed T-shirt which he designed and became a symbol of Lithuanian basketball
Grateful Dead members in the early 1980s: Brent Mydland, Bob Weir, and Jerry Garcia watch Bill Kreutzmann play the drums. Not pictured are Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart.
Mail-ordered Grateful Dead concert tickets for their spring 1994 Nassau Coliseum run of shows
Mickey Hart and Bob Weir at the Library of Congress 200th birthday, 2000
Bob Weir and Mickey Hart performing at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball during the Obama Inaugural

The Grateful Dead performed at the event along with the Hare Krishna founder Bhaktivedanta Swami, poet Allen Ginsberg, bands Moby Grape and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, donating proceeds to the Krishna temple.

Their largest concert audience came in 1973 when they played, along with the Allman Brothers Band and the Band, before an estimated 600,000 people at the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen.

The movie poster

Festival Express

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The movie poster

Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, including the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, Ian & Sylvia's Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.

Promotional poster designed by Arnold Skolnick Originally, the bird was perched on a flute.

Woodstock

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Music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 mi southwest of the town of Woodstock.

Music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 40 mi southwest of the town of Woodstock.

Promotional poster designed by Arnold Skolnick Originally, the bird was perched on a flute.
Max Yasgur's dairy farm in 1968
Woodstock festival site with the stage
Joe Cocker performs on stage at left before crowd and huge lighting/sound towers
Magazine advertisement promoting the Woodstock Music & Art Fair's "Aquarian Exposition," to be held in Wallkill, NY.
Peace and Music Woodstock monument with plaques by sculptor Wayne C. Saward and erected in 1984 on the festival site. (Note that John Sebastian's surname is misspelled as "Sabastian" and Bert Sommer's name is missing)
Opening ceremony at Woodstock. Swami Satchidananda giving the opening speech
A rainy day (August 15, 1969)
Concert attendees
Joe Cocker and the Grease Band performing at Woodstock
Photo taken near Woodstock on August 18, 1969
Richie Havens performing at Woodstock
Tents and cars of spectators at Woodstock

Unpersuaded by this Studio-in-the-Woods proposal, Roberts and Rosenman counter-proposed a concert featuring the kind of artists known to frequent the Woodstock area (such as Bob Dylan and The Band).

In June 2009, complete performances from Woodstock by Santana, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, and Johnny Winter were released separately by Legacy/SME Records, and were also collected in a box set titled The Woodstock Experience.

The Band playing at the Winterland Arena on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.

Winterland Ballroom

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Ice skating rink and music venue in San Francisco, California.

Ice skating rink and music venue in San Francisco, California.

The Band playing at the Winterland Arena on Thanksgiving Day, 1976.

Various popular rock acts played there, including such bands and musicians as Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The J. Geils Band, The Who, Black Sabbath, James Gang, Mahogany Rush, Quicksilver Messenger Service, UFO, REO Speedwagon, Queen, Slade, Boston, Cream, Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Kiss, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, The Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Ten Years After, Rush, Electric Light Orchestra, David Bowie, Genesis, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Traffic, Golden Earring, Grand Funk Railroad, Humble Pie, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Robin Trower, Sex Pistols, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Sha Na Na, Loggins and Messina, Lee Michaels, Heart, Journey, Deep Purple, J.J. Cale, Spirit, Chambers Brothers, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Foghat, Mountain, B.B. King, Montrose, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers and Elvis Costello.

The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1971

The Flying Burrito Brothers

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American country rock band, best known for their influential 1969 debut album, The Gilded Palace of Sin.

American country rock band, best known for their influential 1969 debut album, The Gilded Palace of Sin.

The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1971
Flying Burrito Brothers (Amsterdam, 1970). Left to right: 'Sneaky' Pete Kleinow, Rick Roberts, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke & Bernie Leadon

Now fronted by Hillman and Leadon, the band appeared in June–July 1970 on the Festival Express rail tour of Canada with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, and other notable groups of the era.

Film poster by Richard Amsel

Woodstock (film)

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1970 American documentary film of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival which took place in August 1969 near Bethel, New York.

1970 American documentary film of the watershed counterculture Woodstock Festival which took place in August 1969 near Bethel, New York.

Film poster by Richard Amsel

The Band

It added over 40 minutes and included additional performances by Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin.

Albert Grossman

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American entrepreneur and manager in the American folk music and rock and roll scene.

American entrepreneur and manager in the American folk music and rock and roll scene.

He was famous as the manager of many of the most popular and successful performers of folk and folk-rock music, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Band, Odetta, Gordon Lightfoot and Ian & Sylvia.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, showing a quartet lineup for a rock band (from left to right: bassist, lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist)

Rock music

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Broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006, showing a quartet lineup for a rock band (from left to right: bassist, lead vocalist, drummer, and guitarist)
A simple drum pattern common in rock music
Chuck Berry in a 1958 publicity photo
Elvis Presley in a promotion shot for Jailhouse Rock in 1957
The Everly Brothers in 2006
James Brown performing in 1969
The Beach Boys performing in 1964
The Beatles arriving in New York at the start of the British Invasion, January 1964
The D-Men (later the Fifth Estate) in 1964
Eric Clapton performing in Barcelona in 1974
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan in 1963
The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968
Prog rock band Yes performing in concert in Indianapolis in 1977
Jaco Pastorius of Weather Report in 1980
The Eagles during their 2008–2009 Long Road out of Eden Tour
David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders Tour in 1972
Carlos Santana, New Year's Eve 1976 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
Led Zeppelin live at Chicago Stadium in January 1975
Bruce Springsteen in East Berlin in 1988
Patti Smith, performing in 1976
Vocalist Johnny Rotten and guitarist Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols
Deborah Harry from the band Blondie, performing at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in 1977
U2 performing on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017
R.E.M. was a successful alternative rock band in the 1980s/90s
Nirvana performing in 1992
Oasis performing in 2005
Foo Fighters performing an acoustic show in 2007
Green Day performing in 2013
Lo-fi indie rock band Pavement
Linkin Park performing at 2009 Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland
Travis in 2007
The Strokes performing in 2006
The 1969 Woodstock Festival was seen as a celebration of the countercultural lifestyle.
Suzi Quatro is a singer, bassist and bandleader. When she launched her career in 1973, she was one of the few prominent women instrumentalists and bandleaders.

Key acts included Paul Butterfield (whose band acted like Mayall's Bluesbreakers in Britain as a starting point for many successful musicians), Canned Heat, the early Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, the J. Geils Band and Jimi Hendrix with his power trios, the Jimi Hendrix Experience (which included two British members, and was founded in Britain), and Band of Gypsys, whose guitar virtuosity and showmanship would be among the most emulated of the decade.

Other acts that followed the back-to-basics trend were the Canadian group the Band and the California-based Creedence Clearwater Revival, both of which mixed basic rock and roll with folk, country and blues, to be among the most successful and influential bands of the late 1960s.

John Simon (record producer)

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American music producer, composer, writer and performer.

American music producer, composer, writer and performer.

Recognized as one of the top record producers in the United States during the late 1960s and the 1970s, Simon produced numerous classic albums that continue to sell more than 50 years later, including the Band’s Music from Big Pink, The Band, and The Last Waltz, Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, Songs of Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen, and Child Is Father to the Man by Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Hawkins at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Ronnie Hawkins

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American-Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter whose career spanned more than half a century.

American-Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter whose career spanned more than half a century.

Hawkins at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Ronnie Hawkins's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

The most successful of his students were those who left to form The Band.

Others he had recruited later formed Janis Joplin's Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Bearfoot, and Skylark.