Candid Photos Show Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company Rehearsing for the Summer of Love

These stunning photographs show Janis Joplin and the rest of Big Brother and the Holding Company rehearsing in the warehouse for their upcoming album. Bob Seidemann captured these photographs which graced the covers of 60s and 70s most iconic record albums. He hanged out with the group during their rehearsals and took candid photographs. Here below are some rehearsing photos from 1967.

Janis Joplin wearing a T-shirt with the JOB cigarette-papers woman on it, while in another photo she is wearing pin-striped jeans tied at the waist by a braided belt, a pair of kitten-heeled sandals beneath her feet. These photographs were taken after Big Brother’s triumphant performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, which means Joplin was on her way to being a full-fledged rock star, and all the wretched excess that implies.

#1 Janis Joplin of Big Brother and the Holding Company at the band’s rehearsal space in 1967.

#2 Big Brother and the Holding Company in the spring of 1966 behind the Old Spaghetti Factory, where drummer Dave Getz (far left) worked part time.

#3 Before Janis Joplin jined the group in June 1966, lead guitarist James Gurley has been the group’s most popular member.

#5 Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, Dave Getz and James Gurley of Big Brother and the Holding Band

#7 Janis Joplin arriving for a rehearsal at Big Brother’s warehouse at Golden Gate and Van Ness avenues in San Francisco.

#11 Drummer Dave Getz discussing a song’s arrangement

#12 Photographer Bob Seidemann is seen holding a band member’s baby while talking with Big Brother’s road manager, David Richards..

#18 The poster behind Joplin’s head is for a Steve Miller concert in September of 1967, which helps date this photo to the fall of 1967.

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