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Gilbert Klein
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Somewhere around 1970 ish I saw Janis in concert at

a smallish theatre venue on Sunset Strip. The Sunset

Strip scene at that time was pretty unique. Small

venues, clubs, theatres, where for a few bucks you

could see The Doors, Janis, etc. and the older blues

giants who often opened for them. That "transcendent"

thing you referenced was in full force. Janis and

the "gypsies" cast a spell on the audience unlike

anything I had ever experienced. After a too short

long set and encore the curtain came down and

the audience wanted, demanded, more. There

was no doubt in my mind or the poor pleading

venue master of ceremonies that the crowd would

dismantle whatever could be dismantled if Janis

did not return. I sensed the impending riot

but was bolted to the floor desperately needing

psychic oxygen. Janis returned for encore number

whatever and violence was averted.

 

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I am lucky (and old) enough to have seen Janis play in Seattle on a beautiful day in the summer of 1970. For 6 bucks. She was not at her best, unfortunately, but still a very memorable show.

 

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Lover your stories, Gilbert. Thanks very much for sharing.

 

Cheers!

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Great story again Gilbert.

 

That shirt is called a "Kurta" and that style of fabric is called block print.

Usually cotton fabric with patterns printed using carved wooden blocks.

 

Regards.

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Great story again Gilbert.

 

That shirt is called a "Kurta" and that style of fabric is called block print.

Usually cotton fabric with patterns printed using carved wooden blocks.

 

Regards.

 

Kurta? Thanks.

And thanks for the strokes, Nikhil, these are fun to write.

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Really enjoyed the article. Fun read.

 

I know the name is computer audio but I scored the record day limited release vinyl of Jans & Big Brother and the Holding Company and it is truly outstanding. Must have been a blast to actually catch them at the Fillmore.

 

The vinyl is outstanding if you can score it.

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Somewhere around 1970 ish I saw Janis in concert at

a smallish theatre venue on Sunset Strip. The Sunset

Strip scene at that time was pretty unique. Small

venues, clubs, theatres, where for a few bucks you

could see The Doors, Janis, etc. and the older blues

giants who often opened for them. That "transcendent"

thing you referenced was in full force. Janis and

the "gypsies" cast a spell on the audience unlike

anything I had ever experienced. After a too short

long set and encore the curtain came down and

the audience wanted, demanded, more. There

was no doubt in my mind or the poor pleading

venue master of ceremonies that the crowd would

dismantle whatever could be dismantled if Janis

did not return. I sensed the impending riot

but was bolted to the floor desperately needing

psychic oxygen. Janis returned for encore number

whatever and violence was averted.

 

pb-

 

I lived out in LA way back when and occasionally we'd head out to Sunset Strip to people watch. Clubs like The Troubadour and Whiskey a Go-Go were popular pick-up spots. A real time capsule for the era inside Whiskey a Go-Go in scene from John Cassavettes' film 'Faces'. You don't even have to dig (sorry couldn't resist) cinema verite to enjoy watching actor Seymour Cassel hitting on the ladies to grooving 60's music. I never cared for the 60's hipster era, but liked John Cassavettes and Gina Rowlands. In fact one of my favorite off-beat films of all-time is 'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.' It's a trip (no more 60's lexicon - promise) and well worth watching.

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Got your tip, tracked down "The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie," and remembered why I used to admire John Cassavetes, who I hadn't thought of in years. Thanks, Bryan. Also, my pal Johnny was friends with Seymour Cassel, so every time the Stones played LA, he'd be backstage hanging out, and he was/is a very cool guy to hang out with.

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That was a good read, thank you.

 

It's also fortuitous in that, while reading your piece, I decided on a whim to look up and listen to the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and aI came across the Zim Zam Zim album, with Junkyard King. It is a knock-me-on-my-ass thrilling track — one of the greatest songs I'd never heard. Is that where Tom Waits and Nick Cave learned their craft?

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