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Janis Joplin Concert Tickets 1966-67 w/Big Brother & Holding Co. Four original Janis Joplin unused concert tickets, back when she was fronting Big Brother & The Holding Company. These date from the years 1966-67, and since Janis was not a breakout star yet, none of the tickets have her name on them. In fact, one of these Big Brother & the Holding Co. show tickets doesn’t mention any musicians at all… it was a festival, so there was no room to list the acts. These souvenirs are so charming in their antique design… the rock-concert industry was still very much in its infancy. It’s not easy to find even one Janis Joplin full show ticket – never torn in half - let alone four, which is the reason I made this video. I spend a minute on each one, holding it for you to clearly see and explaining the gig it represents. The earliest Big Brother & the Holding Company unused admission ticket I show you is from the summer of 1966. The other three are later. That ducat is from the Adventure Day Camp benefit at the Fillmore Auditorium on Aug. 7 of that year – an event that ran 10 hours! The next Janis Joplin tour ticket I pull out is for a pair of shows that never happened… Sept. 23-24 of ’66, at the Avalon Ballroom. Those gigs had the legendary Howlin’ Wolf headlining, but unfortunately, the weekend’s shows were canceled. The third Big Brother & the Holding Co. full event ticket shown is from Thanksgiving weekend 1966 at the Avalon. I also quickly show you the corresponding concert poster that went along with each ticket… in this case, FD-36. And then I move into 1967 for my last Janis Joplin appearance ticket: March 17-18 at the Avalon Ballroom. In this case, the promoter actually reproduced the concert poster image right onto the ticket… a great way to save time & energy! It’s not easy to pick a favorite Big Brother & the Holding Company full concert ticket out of these four… everyone will have their own criteria. For me, it’s the Adventure Day Camp tic that gets my vote. And it’s the only one of the four that doesn’t mention the bands! So maybe your fave Janis Joplin unused show ticket here would be the one with an image… the last one, from 1967, which reproduces the poster. I have to hand it to promoter Chet Helms: that created a nice visual synchronicity between the tickets, handbills and posters for each of his shows in this period. Collectors love these kinds of Big Brother & the Holding Co. unused tour tickets because they predate computer ticketing, which would come along about five years later. Ticketron (remember them?) in a few short years would be working in major cities to streamline the business, and eventually take over ticketing almost entirely. Rather than computer printing, I love the type fonts found on these Janis Joplin complete concert tickets. Whether the ink is blue, red or black, it just looks so innocent. All of that would disappear when computer ticketing took over in the early ’70s. These quaint ducats would go the way of the dodo bird. One thing that remained consistent throughout these four Big Brother & the Holding Company complete tickets is the admission price… $2.50, all the way through. Of course, they only represent a span of a year & a half, so I guess we couldn’t expect a price surge in such a small window. I keep stressing that these are all in new condition, but if you happen to have a used Janis Joplin ticket stub, you still have a nice collectible. A stub’s degree of collectability is dictated by how much of the artist’s name is left behind once it’s been torn in half. There’s a better chance part of the name would be missing on a Big Brother & the Holding Co. show ticket stub than on a Janis one… so many more words! Then there’s an act like The Who, with only six letters that need to be avoided when tearing it in half. Much better odds. Better to just have a Janis Joplin full ticket in your collection and not worry about where it was torn! A lot of times, these things exist because the person holding the ticket got sick or waylaid, couldn’t attend the show, and held onto the souvenir as a consolation prize. In other cases, a Big Brother & the Holding Company unused ticket may exist because the promoter didn’t sell out the show, and hung onto the leftover unused tix. And in still other cases, some people held a ticket but ended up walking in the stage door, the press room or some other privileged entrance, and were never asked for their ticket. These Janis Joplin full admission tickets are shown to you by myself, Pete Howard, a lifelong fan and collector who bought her final album, “Pearl,” the day it came out. I can be contacted thru, or by calling 805—540-0020. To see some more old, cool, vintage rock-concert tickets, just visit this page over on my Web site:
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