Austintatious

Threadgill’s, the coverted gas station/roadhouse in Austin where Janis Joplin performed every Wednesday night with The Waller Creek Boys (Powell St. John and Lanny Wiggins) beginning in the summer of ’62. In January 1963, Chet Helms rolled into town for a visit and heard Janis for the first time. A few weeks later, Chet and Janis headed for San Francisco and their respective destinies. 

threadgillsbar

Published in: on October 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

LAMAR TECH

This is what Ms Joplin was doing two days before the first Family Dog dance/concert at Longshoreman’s Hall and less than eight months before Mr. Helms coaxed her back to San Francisco to join a band.

Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

2111 Pine Street

The orginal “Dog House” on July 28,1965. This is where Chet Helms met James Gurley, who was a tenant, and later took him to 1090 Page Street to meet Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Chuck Jones.

2111_Pine_7-28-65 (DOG HOUSE)

Published in: on October 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Artifacts II (FD-26)

FD 26 INVOICE

This is the Bindweed Press invoice for printing 2,000 posters, handbills and tickets for the September 16-17 Grateful Dead and Oxford Circle shows at the Avalon Ballroom. The poster, which is designated FD-26, is Mouse and Kelley’s “Skeleton and Roses.”

FD 26 CHECKS

(Above) The checks, signed by Chester Helms, that were paid to Alton Kelley and Mouse Studios for creating FD-26. (Below) The financial ledger sheet for the September 16-17 shows. Family Dog Productions Net Profit for the weekend was $119. 57. 

FD 26 LEDGER 1

Published in: on October 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm  Comments (1)