Janis introducing her new band with the Grateful Dead
Desirable program for Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East on February 11-12, 1969, 5.5 x 8.5, 24 pages, featuring biographies and images of both legendary acts. The Dead helped to introduce Joplin as a solo artist by serving as her support act, a rarity given their own headliner status at the time. These special San Francisco concert dates were particularly notable as Joplin—recently split from Big Brother and the Holding Company and yet to form the Kozmic Blues Band—was temporarily limited to calling the group "Her Band." In fine condition.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the closing of the now legendary Fillmore East. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, The Who, LedZeppelin, Pink Floyd, John Lennon, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, The Band, Derek and the Dominos, the Allman Brothers Band and so many more who performed at the Fillmore, most on several occasions. Unlike its counterpart the Fillmore West in San Francisco, which was a ballroom (it was a former dance hall) like most music venues were at the time, the Fillmore East was a theatre and it was a totally different experience for both the artist and the audience. Going to the Fillmore East ,was going to the theatre... A theatre that was built originally for vaudeville shows, that was perfect acoustically and seating wise for rock concerts. With the addition of a custom made sound system and the visually mesmerizing Joshua Light Show (Joe's Light's later), made the concert experience like no other. The Fillmore East itself is gone now, though its legend lives on and to anyone who ever was fortunate enough to perform or attend a concert there can attest to the magic that occurred in that much missed theatre.