But it wasn't long before Joplin assumed a bigger role in the band, as Big Brother developed quite a following in the Bay Area.Their appearance at the now legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967—specifically their version of "Ball and Chain" (originally made famous by R&B legend Big Mama Thornton) brought the group further acclaim.
Musically, Janis Joplin and her friends gravitated toward blues and jazz, admiring such artists as Lead Belly.
For years, Joplin struggled to escape from this confining community, and spent even longer to trying to overcome her memories of her difficult years there.
Developing a love for music at an early age, Joplin sang in her church choir as a child and showed some promise as a performer.
At the time, the group was managed by another longtime friend of Joplin's, Chet Helms.
Big Brother, whose members included James Gurley, Dave Getz, Peter Albin and Sam Andrew, was part of the burgeoning San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s; among the other bands involved in this scene were the Grateful Dead.