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Nine Hundred Nights [DVD] [Import]
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This document, devoted to the two-plus years ('66-'68) that Janis Joplin spent as a member of San Francisco's Big Brother and the Holding Company, offers ample material to support the view that Joplin, who died in 1970 at age 27, was a great singer and an enduring inspiration. On the other hand, it probably won't dissuade those who agree with Pete Townshend of the Who (one of the stars of the '67 Monterey Pop Festival, along with Joplin and Jimi Hendrix), who has called her "just an ugly, hard-drinking, screaming woman." with a band that was "just about the worst f***ing band I'd heard." In addition to a 60-minute documentary that features performance clips, contemporary interviews with the Holding Company and various others, in-studio footage and so on, the DVD offers four complete, decent-sounding filmed performances (including "Ball and Chain" from Monterey, as well as "Piece of My Heart") and one audio-only tune. It's not an especially pretty story--the band was, in fact, rather lame, and Joplin's departure, while perhaps inevitable, wasn't real popular--but it deserves to be told, and Nine Hundred Nights does a fine job of it. --Sam Graham
I say these things to show that, in a way, being too young I missed out on much of what the Haight was about, but absorbed an understanding and appreciation of both the good and the bad, especially as I watched it disintegrate with many of the hippies leaving for places north as the Haight itself descended into a cess pool of bad drugs. This film took me back to what it was all about, to one of the two the nexuses of that time in the City (the other being the Kesey and the Dead). To me, Big Brother and the Holding Company were what what made the 60s: always experimenting and never played a song the same way twice. But beyond the Dead, there was something about their music that was simultaneously heady and primal, with an animal drive born in the freedom to share and exchange ideas that died when money started to take over. This film shared those pivotal moments of birth and death, as a matter of relationships, when individual emotional needs overrid the bonds of collegiality.
The 60s in the San Francisco Bay Area were a world-changing time, and not all in what its actors would have wanted. This band stood at its center. To hear its story in such detail and perspective, to relive Gurley's awesome guitar work beyond the edge of control was a way to share who I became with my family, to have them appreciate that culture of drive, humor, and passion for art before profit, now virtually gone from that entire industry. God rest the prophets.
And most of all, it covers the "Texas Tornado" herself - the late/great Janis Joplin, from Port Authur, Texas!!! She joined the "Big Brother & the Holding Company" Band.
The total running time is approximately 148 minutes. There are performances during the "documentary" portion of the dvd. Plus, you get performances featuring Janis Joplin in the bonus features of the DVD.
The bonus performances include: (I think the first one is "Down on Me" - its not listed as a bonus performance on the back of the dvd package, but it is included. Next, you get complete bonus performances of "The Coo Coo", "Ball & Chain", and the outstanding "Piece of My Heart". Janis had an excellent "blues" voice. These performances are a real treat!!! Plus, you get some more bonus material.
Overall, this is a great dvd. Even though it covers the story of Big Brother and the Holding Company, it does contain a substantual amount of Janis Joplin. The bonus complete performances are worth the price of the DVD, just to watch Janis sing. This is a "must-have" for any Janis Joplin fan, and I'm a fan. I think she was one of the greatest "blues" singers of all time.
For me this is a 5 star DVD, mainly, because I like Janis, but I also like the story of "Big Brother & the Holding Company" because this band was a part of Janis Joplin's history. If you're looking for a full concert DVD, this is not the DVD for you. However, if you like Janis, then you'll like this one. This is probably the best dvd out there about Janis and her performances are outstanding!!! So, if you like what I have described you'll probably like this one. Thanks!!!!
P.S. I would like to add that after Janis left The Big Brother & The Holding Company band, she went on to record & perform with the Kozmic Blues Band (this band included trumpets & a saxaphone player). Then she went on to record & perform with her last band, The Full Tilt Boogie Band.
Her big hit "Me & Bobby McGee" was recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band. There is a DVD of Janis performing with these 2 other bands, but its hard to find. It's entitled "The Best of Janis Joplin". Please see my review of that one and also, my review of "Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits" CD. Thanks Again!!!!