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1967 KQED, San Francisco, CA
KTVU news footage from c1967 in San Francisco with reporter Gary E. Park featuring views of San Francisco rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, performing their version of ‘Down on Me’ in an old warehouse and then sitting down for an interview. Peter Albin explains the origin of the band’s name and Janis Joplin reflects on audience reactions to their performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Dave Getz, Sam Andrew, Albin and Joplin all go on to discuss the evolution of rock music and the band’s specific influences. Joplin is asked to try and isolate what makes the local music scene so distinctive and points out how: “the thing that makes what they call the San Francisco music scene, as far as I’m concerned, is first of all the freedom to create here.”

In May 2019 Movette Film Transfer of San Francisco remastered the camera original 16mm positive film elements used to produce these moving images in 2K resolution (2048×1556 pixels), using a Lasergraphics film scanner. Note that during this process, another 80 seconds of footage was discovered featuring the band playing ‘Down on Me’, which has never been seen before. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

8.16.68 KQED, San Francisco, CA

Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey, CA 1967

“The Hollywood Palace” TV Show, November 2, 1968

8.16.68 KQED, San Francisco, CA

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  1. Big Brother and the Holding Company SUMMERTIME 4:01
  2. Big Brother and the Holding Company DOWN ON ME 2:07
  3. Big Brother and the Holding Company BALL & CHAIN 9:38