Janis Joplin & Big Brother – 1966 Mojo Navigator, Vol. 1, No 8 (8 page Big Brother interview, prior to debut single)

A rare issue of Mojo Navigator, Vol 1, No 8, dated October 5, 1966.

Mojo Navigator was arguably the first rock fanzine; begun in 1966 by David Harris and Greg Shaw, it chronicled the San Francisco/Bay Area rock scene, and later, the rock music scene at large. Issues are extremely rare, as it was available only by subscription and at a few retail outlets.

This issue is almost exclusively devoted to an eight page interview with all of the members of Big Brother and the Holding Company: Janis Joplin, Peter Albin, David Getz, Sam Andrew and James Gurley.  The band talk in depth about their recent–and problematic–trip to Chicago, where they recorded four tracks for Mainstream Records, which they note would result in their debut single, released in ‘about 15 days, but you can’t be sure,’ their beginnings in San Francisco at 1090 Page St., their first manager, future Family Dog impresario Chet Helms, the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, and much much more. This must be the earliest in-depth interview the band did.

10 pages, in excellent condition.  A rare artifact from the early days of the San Francisco Scene.

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