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ig-news-digest         saturday, june 13 1998         volume 01 : number 101


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] new ig cd (sort of)                 [deb <indigo@mindspring.com>]
  [ig-news] amy talks on janis        [roger zender <rzender@bgnet.bgsu.edu>]


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date: fri, 12 jun 1998 09:01:22 -0400
from: deb <indigo@mindspring.com>
subject: [ig-news] new ig cd (sort of)


cdnow has a listing for a "3 on 1" cd of the eponymous album, sf, and
nomads.  see


<http://www.cdnow.com/cgi-bin/mserver/sid=658365027/pagename=/rp/cdn/find/al
bum.html/artistid=frn-indigo+girls/ddcn=sd-7464+65609+2>


or just search for "indigo girls" at


<http://cdnow.com/from=sr-20927>.


it's available for advance ordering now.  here's the info:


                                 list price $ 29.97
                                   cdnow price $25.49
                                   expected release date:
                                   june 30, 1998.


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date: fri, 12 jun 1998 14:42:12 -0400
from: roger zender <rzender@bgnet.bgsu.edu>
subject: [ig-news] amy talks on janis


[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

hey everyone,


   don't know if there are any janis fans out there, but columbia had just
released a janis joplin and big brother "live at winterland '68" cd.  and
in an e-mail that i receive from columbia they just talked about what the
cd included and here a clip with the ig content...


there are personal quotes from
meredith brooks, kim gordon of sonic youth, debbie harry of
blondie, chryssie hynde of the pretenders, joan jett, stevie nicks,
amy ray of the indigo girls, patti smith, and ann and nancy
wilson of heart.


   if you're interested in the whole article... i left it at the bottom.
(it's kinda long, but a must for any janis fan)


take it easy
roger

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nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.  people grow only
by deserting their ideals.  years may wrinkle this skin, but to give up
interest wrinkles the soul.            - d. m.
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dishtory


32 years ago today (june 11, 1966), janis joplin turned pro,
singing for the first time on-stage with big brother & the holding
company at the avalon ballroom in san francisco.   though that
historic first performance has been lost to time and memory, you
can experience janis joplin with big brother and the holding company
on a new live recording (winterland '68) just released on legacy
recordings.  here's a little bit about the album:


janis joplin with big brother and the holding company live at
winterland '68, the first completely unissued full-length
concert to capture the group at its peak in the months leading up
to the appearance of their columbia debut album cheap thrills, has
been scheduled for release in commemoration of the 30th anniversary
of the band's signing to columbia records.


the 14-track, 75-minute live at winterland '68 is packed with live
touchstones of the band's "progressive-regressive hurricane blues
style," as guitarist sam andrew characterizes their sound in the
liner notes written by ben fong-torres: "down on me," "piece of my
heart," "summertime," "bye bye baby," "ball & chain" and more.
but the new release also includes versions of four genuine
rarities not recorded on the two original big brother lps with
joplin: "flower in the sun," "farewell song," "catch me daddy"
(formerly "brownsville"), and folksinger mark spoelstra's "magic
of love."


recorded during big brother's triumphant san francisco homecoming
on april 12-13, 1968, live at winterland '68 is the latest entry
in the "live from the vaults" series of columbia/legacy, a
division of sony music entertainment inc.  the album was
released to stores on june 2nd   just over the thirty year
anniversary when big brother first played the opening night of
bill graham's fillmore east in new york on march 8, 1968, the
same time their columbia signing was officially announced and
they began to record their first album for the label.


live at winterland '68 is an appropriately first class package
which includes the original poster art from the actual concert.
dual sets of liner notes put the entire story of janis joplin and
big brother in context, as written by ben fong-torres, former
editor of rolling stone, and jaan uhelszki, formerly of creem
magazine.  additional notes by band members sam andrew and dave
getz provide an insider's perspective; and a 'family tree' by
pete frame fills in the gaps.  there are personal quotes from
meredith brooks, kim gordon of sonic youth, debbie harry of
blondie, chryssie hynde of the pretenders, joan jett, stevie nicks,
amy ray of the indigo girls, patti smith, and ann and nancy
wilson of heart.


>from a technical standpoint, live at winterland '68 was remixed
and remastered from the original eight-track masters.  reissue
producer bob irwin and sony music studios engineer vic anesini
worked closely with representatives of janis joplin's estate and
members of big brother to insure the raw flavor of the project.
to that end, much of the between-song commentary is retained.


big brother and the holding company had solidified its lineup by
early 1966: guitarists sam andrew and james gurley, bassist
peter albin, and drummer david getz; janis joplin completed
the lineup when she joined in june.  though rock lore has it
that big brother was "discovered" at the monterey international
pop festival in june 1967, in fact, they'd already recorded their
eponymous first lp, which was released that august by mainstream
records (who subsequently sold it to columbia in 1971).  four of
the songs heard on live at winterland '68 date from that seminal
lp: "down on me," "bye bye baby," "easy rider," and "light is faster
than sound."


in the heady aftermath of monterey pop and the columbia courtship
that followed, which was negotiated by the group's newly acquired
manager albert grossman, the star of big brother and the holding
company rose meteorically.  they went from serving as house band at
the avalon ballroom in san francisco to headlining tours with b.b.
king, albert king, blood sweat & tears and others.


big brother arrived in new york in february 1968, established
themselves on the east coast, and soon began the recording of
cheap thrills with producer john simon.  five of the songs heard
on live at winterland '68 date from that critically acclaimed
album, which went to number one for eight weeks in the summer of
1968: "i need a man to love," "combination of the two," "piece of
my heart," "summertime," and "ball & chain."


when big brother and the holding company returned home to san
francisco, promoter bill graham booked them for three nights,
opening at the fillmore and then moving to winterland for the
next two nights.  this success set the stage for the completion of
cheap thrills and its release on columbia in august.  ironically,
although the album had sold enough within a month to become an
riaa gold record, joplin and grossman announced her departure from
the band in september.


"after a final gig in december [with big brother]," writes ben
fong-torres, "she would put together one ensemble [kozmic blues
band], then another [full tilt boogie band].  she enjoyed some
highs, both personally and professionally, but the end came far
too soon."  janis joplin died on october 4, 1970.  and although
the members of big brother have kept the band going to this day
with a succession of lead singers, "it is inevitable," fong-torres
concludes, "that people are thinking about the singer who isn't
there."


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