Janis Joplin / Merry Pranksters / Hells Angels – 1966 Sokol Hall Concert Contract / Big Brother and the Holding Company (AOR 2.247 Show)

 A concert contract between Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin) and the Hells Angels (!), for a November 11, 1966 concert at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall.  The Angels promoted this show, which featured Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters as the opening act–no idea what they did on stage.  The poster for this show is illustrated as plate 2.247 in the definitive poster reference guide The Art of Rock.
Remarkably, Big Brother were only paid $250. for this show, but the ticket price was only $1.00–and it probably was safer, with the Hells Angels as promoters, not to drive too hard a bargain.
This is the band’s carbon copy, identified in the top left corner as the ‘Leader’s Copy’.  It was filled out on behalf of the band by bassist and ‘leader’ Peter Albin.  It features the band members social security numbers; we have blurred out those of surviving members Albin and David Getz on the scans, for their privacy (they are unaltered on the actual contract.)
This historic contract comes from the collection of Big Brother’s early manager, Julius Karpen (1935-2021).
With Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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