Sunday, September 5, 2021

PETER ALBIN MOTIVATION AND CO-FOUNDER FOR BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY AND JANIS JOPLIN:EXCLUSIVE ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS WITH RAY SHASHO

 



P E T E R  A L B I N 

co-founder, singer, songwriter

 and musician 

for 

Big Brother and The Holding Company

the band that launched the career 

of 

 J A N I S  J O P L I N

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW


PETER ALBIN

INTERVIEW

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Had it not been for the melodic and accomplished guitar work of Peter Albin flowing out of an upper story window at 1090 Page Street in the early summer of 1965, there might never have been a Big Brother and the Holding Company. It was on that day that Sam Andrew happened down Page Street in San Francisco and was so impressed by what he heard that he went in and introduced himself

By the time Peter met Sam in 1965, he had aspirations of forming a band that would write and perform children’s songs. One of the first songs he wrote while working with children at The Marin Jewish Community Day Camp, north of San Francisco, was “Caterpillar”. This song went on the appear on the first Big Brother and the Holding Company Album. But the guitarist who inspired the first meeting with Sam Andrew ended up making the transition to bass and has spent most of his career with that instrument. Although his fine guitar work can be heard on cuts such as “Coo-Coo”, “Oh, Sweet Mary”, and “Turtle Blues” and on Big Brother LPs “Be A Brother” and “How Hard It Is”. 

Witty and personable, Peter provided much of the on-stage commentary and served as the liaison for the group with managers and promoters. Also, in the early days of Big Brother, before Janis, Peter did most of the lead vocals for the band. Among the many songs he sang were “Blow My Mind” and “Down On Me”. Even after Janis, the first album finds Peter’s lead on “Blindman”, “Light Is Faster Than Sound”, and “Caterpillar”. Peter’s musical pursuits have also extended beyond Big Brother and the Holding Company.
He has played with Country Joe and the Fish and can be heard on their 1969 Vanguard album “Here We Are Again”. He later toured in an all-star band with Joe McDonald that cut an album outside Paris (Paris Sessions, Vanguard – 1973) in September of 1972.
In 1982, Peter was one of the founding members of the Bay Area super group, The Dinosaurs. Along with Peter, the group consisted of, John Cipollina, Barry Melton, Merl Saunders, Robert Hunter, and Spencer Dryden.

Peter has loaned many items to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland. The most notable piece is his legendary psychedelic Fender Jazz Bass from 1968 which is now a popular museum attraction.


Purchase

Big Brother

 & The

 Holding Company 

SEX, DOPE & CHEAP THRILLS

Janis Joplin‘s breakout album and her final one with the band —reissued on Columbia/Legacy Recordings. The 50th anniversary set is released under its original title, Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills, which Columbia considered too controversial in 1968.

Available at amazon.com


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Discography

Big Brother & The Holding Company

Studio albums

Big Brother & the Holding Company

Released: 1967

Cheap Thrills       

Released: 1968

Be a Brother

Released: 1970

How Hard It Is     

Released: 1971

Can't Go Home Again    

Released: 1997

Do What You Love        

Released: 1999

 

Live/compilation albums

Big Brother & the Holding Company: Live in San Francisco 1966 (1966)

In Concert (Janis Joplin) (1972)

Cheaper Thrills (1984)

Joseph's Coat (1986)

Live at Winterland '68 (1998)

Hold Me (2006)

The Lost Tapes (2008)

Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 (2012)

 








PETER ALBIN

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SEPTEMBER 7TH 2021


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BOOK REVIEW-By Literary Titan (5) STARS

 

The Rock Star Chronicles, by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show. 

The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan. 

Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives. 

The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music.  The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.

I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.

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