Auburn, California, and Virginia City, Nevada

11 August 2011




Kat Tail Language:

If your cat’s tail curls in the shape of an S, the cat is happy.

If it’s standing straight up, it says “Hello, what’s new?”

If the tail is off to one side, it’s playtime.

If the tail is down to the ground or twitching, kitty is in a bad mood.


Holly Howard took a lot of these shots.


I saw Charles Brown, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Chris Isaak here at a party one night. Charles Brown, from Oakland, California, was the most interesting one. He influenced Ray Charles. Ray’s first records sounded like Nat King Cole or Charles Brown.



With Kyle Rowland, Kat Patterson and Jimmy Cleary. Three very talented people. Kyle who is 18 plays superlative blues harp. He and Jimmy, already a skilled quitar player at age 14, sat in with us on I Need A Man To Love, and they sounded so good. Kat is Donna and Michael’s daughter and she is a gifted dancer.

(Kyle Rowland, Jimmy Cleary)


The Greeks had no word for sugar. When Nearchus, admiral in service of Alexander the Great, sailed down the Indus to explore the East Indies in 325 BC, he described sugar as a “kind of honey” growing in canes or reeds.



Samantha Leoni took this photograph.



The Minnesota Andrews:

Anika Forland, Edie Andrew, Hakan Hall, Jason Andrew, Alyssa Amundson, Harley Amundson, Bryan Anker.



Take twice the money and half the clothes with you when you travel.




Jimmy Cleary doing some great guitar work.


Carmine Appice, Greg Errico and Don Wehr. It was the Seventies. Can you tell?


Jimmy, Kat and Kyle.


Jimi Hendrix, Chet Helms, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding.



A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digits is divisible by 3. For example, 324 is 3 + 2 + 4 = 9. Thus, 324 is divisible by 3.



With Cory Marcus in Auburn, California.


In Mostar, Bosnia.


In the nineteenth century, the British Navy attempted to dispel the superstition that Friday was an unlucky day to embark on a ship. The keel of a new ship was laid on a Friday; she was named HMS Friday, commanded by a Captain Friday; and finally went to sea on a Friday. Neither the ship nor her crew was ever heard of again.



John Bryne Cooke took this photo of Janis playing the autoharp in London.


A review from Vicenza, Italia.


Elise Piliwale in Fairfax, California.



The only way to get the best of an argument is not to have it in the first place.



Ann Rinehart taught me oil painting, and she went to high school with Myra Friedman who wrote Buried Alive In The Blues. AND she taught Margaret Gurley painting, so we have a lot of connections.


With Meliha Nametak-Long in Mostar, Bosnia.


This horse bit my finger, just a little bit, a love nip.


With Elma Schuster and a set list.


We live on a hectare of land (2 1/2 acres) in this small lovely house. Our neighbors are foxes, bobcats and deer.



Kim Nomad.


Stefanie Keys and Sam Clemens.


Janis Joplin, Michael McClure and Bobby Neuworth, the three people who wrote Mercedes Benz.



Elise’s father Lui Piliwale. Saipan.


John Cipollina just about the time that I played saxophone in a band with him in Marin County, California, 1961.


Laura Joplin, Sam Andrew, Michael Joplin.


Zwanda has modeled for me for years. One day she is going to have an art show featuring paintings of her by many different artists.


Alsatians in Texas. The Mann family. Myrtle and Albert Mann were my mother’s parents.


Elise Piliwale’s photograph of the lonely chair.


One of the funniest men ever. Les Paul. Good guitar player too.


Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada.


Amazing how in such a short time we are related to everyone. This is the Mann family in Europe.


Shelley Champine at Aroma Café.


Michael Joplin doing his Mel Gibson impersonation.


It is rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a Breathalyzer to read zero.


Elise Piliwale documents this overturned chair.


Kathi McDonald, Sam Andrew, Seattle.


Michel Bastian, Sam Andrew, James Gurley at The Fillmore Auditorium.


A horse with a dull coat needs more corn in its diet.


In 1281, the Mongol army of Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan, but they were ravaged by a hurricane (typhoon) that destroyed their entire fleet. in Japanese this typhoon is called “the divine wind,” kami kaze.


Automobile, Virginia City.


Hasta luego.

Sam Andrew

Big Brother and the Holding Company


One thought on “Auburn, California, and Virginia City, Nevada

  1. Hi Sam,

    I belong to the Virginia City facebook page, we were wondering if you ever played there with Janis and if so when and where? Also did you folks ever hangout there? Any pictures you could share with our group?

    Hope you doing great!

    Love the web site and thanks, Jack Trout

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