Big Brother and the Holding Company, part thirteen. 2000-2001

2000 – 2001

2000-2001                Lisa Mills.   You think she looks good,  you should hear her sing.

El Ciego is Blindman and No Te Gusto is Down On Me, but that seems like not such a good translation. No Te Gusto means you don’t like me, and the song means much more than that. Well, No Te Gusto means I Don’t Please You, if you please, but “looks like everybody in the whole round world…  DOWN on me” is a whole different kettle of fish. More, kozmic, cosmic, universal… beyond YOU don’t like ME.  More like the whole damn world don’t like me. And stronger than that, is DOWN on me.

There IS another meaning to Down On Me, as I was to learn with Marilyn Chambers.

We were going to go on the road together and she asked me to play Down On Me and she was going to sing it. She took the song literally and began acting out the down on me part. That was interesting.

22 January 2000  Six Rivers Brewing Company    McKinleyville     California

Elise Piliwale in Hawaii, sweet baby.

26 January 2000          Paradise Lounge              San Francisco

10 February 2000         Halley DeVestern

Simone Mo took this photograph of my tuner at the Koko Live Club in Biella Castelletto, Italia.

Doing Love, Janis at The Bay Street Theatre     Sag Harbor     New York


Funny writer. I wish I could remember his son and the circumstances.

Elise and I.  Village Theatre, Love Janis.

Rob Clores, and there is Joe Stefko in the back.

James Gurley

I spent February-March in Paris writing songs and recording with Janice de Rosa and Martyn Ingle.

Elise self portrait charcoal and strings.

Elise’s favorite self portrait.

2 April 2000               Record Convention             Pittsburgh


My handsome brother Dan Andrew.

John Till              Good guitar player, good man.

Elise at the Acropolis.

In Austria, I sometimes stay in a town called Klagenfurt where Gustav Mahler had a Komponierhäuschen, a little composing house, on Lake Wörther.

Don Aters took this photograph.

26 May 2000    The Valley Grill     Great Valley   New York

27 May 2000   AM JAM Biker Festival  Cobleskill Fairgrounds   Cobleskill  New York

28 May 2000     Joyous Lake   Woodstock   New York

17 June 2000      Medicine Park Music Hall       Medicine Park      Oklahoma                Lance Dresser

Lisa Mills

24 June 2000   Cuesta College     San Luis Obispo   California

15 July 2000           Burg Herzberg Open Air Festival          Hof Hühnstadt            Germany

31 July 2000           Writing about Jerry for Relix Magazne.

19 August 2000          Westover Winery        Castro Valley        California

Elise Piliwale            Sam Andrew                        Westover Winery        Castro Valley Gig 2000

25 August 2000     Kelsey’s      New Albany     Indiana

26 August 2000        Motown Harley Davidson            Taylor        Michigan

Sam Andrew                       Peter Albin

29 August 2000            The Combat Zone        Toronto        Ontario

30 August 2000       The Ottawa Bar           Windsor        Ontario

31 August 2000         The Village Inn        Leamington         Ontario

1 September 2000       Classic Fest 2000      Windsor   Ontario

2 September 2000       Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues     Fort Erie Racetrack       Ontario

3 September 2000       Roach Roast Festival      Rainbow Farm      Vandalia      Michigan

8 September 2000      State Capital Steps          Sacramento

22-23 September 2000      Alturas Night Club             Reno

4 October 2000         The Landmark Hotel,  hallway  to room 105            Los Angeles             Photo:    Howard Sounes

7 October 2000          Schnepf Farms Festival Site        Queen Creek         Arizona

Tim Robbins            Joel Hoekstra

Joel has a large “extra” part in Rock of Ages. He holds his own with Russell Brand in the Strip being destroyed scene, and that is saying something because Russell is very talented and he has the divine spark of energy in him… something that cannot be taught or learned, but is innate. And Joel holds his own. He commands as much attention in that scene as Russell does.

Another Englishman who could be destined for greatness. I hope so anyway. He deserves it.

Joel Hoekstra is probably the best guitarist I have ever known.  Not the retiring type either.  He did it the easy way. He practiced eight hours a day for twenty years.  Anybody can do that, right ? OK, let’s see you do it.   It’s time for him to stop doing that hand gesture, though.

OK, full disclosure.   Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand fall in love and KISS ON THE MOUTH in this film. Since Brokeback Mountain, all the Hollywood dudes have to do this. It’s right at the top of their resumé:   Am willing to kiss same sex on mouth.      Actors are such hams. They’ll do anything for a little exposure, or cash, or, preferably, both.

Reminds me of Brezhnev and Honneker, but at least they have the excuse that they’re commies and godless fellow travelers. I bet no one paid them for this. Shame, shame. Oh, well, that’s life under communism for you. You never get paid for having fun.

Tom Cruise can do anything… except stay married… ooh, ouch, no, I didn’t say that, praise god, no, I didn’t say that. This Rock of Ages film is extreme, excessive, poppy, ridiculous and silly, of course, and it has NOTHING to do with being a musician and playing rock and roll for living, but it’s stupid and dumb and I love stupid and dumb movies, so I’m a fan, definitely. Oh, yes, did I mention TOO LOUD.

Whatever happened to the guy in the suit singing “I’m In The Mood For Love” to the simpering young girl ?  Ahhh, those days may be gone forever… Moonlight becomes you, it goes with your hair, you certainly know the right things to wear… They just don’t write’em like that anymore. I had to sing these lines in a play once.  I thought, wow, someone got paid for writing this ?

Elise and I saw Rock of Ages in the theatre too, before we saw the film, and that helps.    How, I’m not quite sure.

13 October 2000        Mississippi Coast Harley Davidson  Anyway, Joel was on this gig with us in BillLUCKsee, Biloxi, Mississippi.

People from the Northeast say “OreGON” and “BiLOXee,” probably thinking that here on the Gulf Coast there are lox to be found. Lachs is the German word for “salmon” and that’s where “lox” came from. BUT, in the West they say ORegon and in the South they say BiLucksee.

Sam Andrew                       Lisa Mills

Wendy Causey                     Elise Piliwale  Biloxi Gig

25 November 2000     Paper Song           Oakland

Daphne Graham

25 November 2000      Swan Marketplace             Oakland

3 February 2001   Paradise Beach Inn    Grover’s Beach   California           Clams from Pismo Beach.

23 February 2001            Bio tuner ?     I love that.     It’s so Variety.     Slang from the 1940s.

25 February 2001           We put a lot of work into this one.


24 March 2001         Schnepf Family Farm          Queen Creek       Arizona

Janis Joplin.

26 March 2001

Chet Helms

Musicians in the New York version of Love, Janis.

6 April 2001                    New York Daily News

23 April 2001

Larry Etkin              Joel Hoekstra         Dan Cipriano          23 April 2001

26 April 2001  The after party for the New York Love, Janis.

27 May 2001            Ashkenaz           Berkeley

1 June 2001     Sedgwick County Zoo: chimpanzee division     Wichita     Kansas

2 June 2001   Medicine Park Music Hall   Medicine Park   Oklahoma

Bill Ganaye.

4 June 2001      Heathrow, what a great name..

16 June 2001      Starlight Amphitheatre     San Diego       This is in Balboa Park, a lovely place

17 June 2001    Pine Knob    Auburn Hills         Michigan

Elise Piliwale 1996.

20 June 2001       Experimental Music Project      Sky Church      Seattle

22 June 2001         Keswick Theatre          Philadelphia

23 June 2001       B.B. King’s Blues Club       New York City

1 July 2001   Battlefield Harley Davidson Festival     Gettysburg        Pennsylvania


13 July 2001         Riverside Ballroom       Green Bay        Wisconsin

14 July 2001        Angel’s Saloon     Hamler      Ohio

Mimi Fariña

15 July 2001     Motown Harley Davidson   Taylor    Michigan

18 July 2001  The Borderline  London

Peter Albin   Chad Quist   Sam Andrew   Lisa Mills   Todd Vinciguerra

19 July 2001        The Masque    Liverpool             Anthony Edman took this photograph.

You can tune a guitar…

… but you can’t tuna fish.

20 July 2001         The Brook    Southampton    with Anthony Edman

21 July 2001     Open Air Festival      Burg Herzberg         Germany

Lisa Mills.

11 August 2001       Trump Taj Mahal             Atlantic City         New Jersey

12 August 2001     Gathering On The Mountain          Blakeslee         Pennsylvania

17 August 2001   The Thirsty Ear Tavern   Columbus Ohio

Don and Sarah Graham.

Addyson Graham

18 August 2001  Lapeer Days Festival   Lapeer      Michigan

Clark Walker.

Jan Sullivan                Elise Piliwale

19 August 2001    Emerald Queen Casino    Tacoma  Washington

24 August 2001   The Orbit Club    Boynton Beach  Florida

26 August 2001            Rockstock          Toole       Utah

14 September 2001    Elks Lodge     Chico            California

16 September 2001        Westover Winery         Castro Valley       California

Kikeriki, unsere goldene Jungfrau ist wieder hie.

20 September 2001    Beth Hart, Jon Nichols standing behind her, Todd Vinciguerra on drums.  I never had Beth sing in Big Brother. She’s the only one I missed.

Beth Hart, we would love to have you come sing with us if you ever have the time.

Doodling, always doodling.

I drew Kacee Clanton and Jon Nichols at the Love, Janis rehearsal.

And Todd Vinciguerra, the drummer.

28 September 2001    San Diego opening of Love, Janis.

Dana Anderson        Jon Nichols        I wish I knew her name.

I met Kacee Clanton on this show.   Oh, happy day.

Randal Myler, good friend and straight shooter, wrote this play based on Janis’ letters home to her family.

Iz Mi                             Hope DeBorse

29 September 2001    Redwood Empire Fairgrounds         Ukiah         California

2 October 2001       Elise and I are married in Las Vegas.     Smartest thing I ever did.

When she was very young, Mary Bridget Davies sent me this photograph of her Hallowe’en costume, little realizing that she would spend a great deal of her time dressed this way while we were doing Love, Janis.

4 October 2001             The Landmark Hotel, room 105    Table by the window          Los Angeles             Photo:   Howard Sounes

17 November 2001         Fox Theatre            Redwood City         California

21 November 2001     Cyndee-Sue’s Saloon     East Bethel     Minnesota

23 November 2001   On Broadway    Springfield     Illinois       Clark Walker’s home town.

Clark Walker

I hope your week is a happy and successful one.

Sam Andrew

Lisa Mills