This large vintage Janis Joplin headshop poster was designed by the legendary concert poster artist Dail W. Beeghly, in 1969. The artist produced a series of these blacklight posters in the late 60's and early 70's featuring top acts of the day, like the Stones, Dylan and Hendrix. Beeghly's claim to fame was the amount of time, effort and materials he invested to create true works of art that transcended the genre. He created this silkscreen headshop poster with stunning day glow, fluorescent inks that dazzle under black light.
Beeghley did several versions of this poster in 1970, one with the singer’s name in multiple colors and one which had peace signs accenting the “i’s” in Janis Joplin. This is the first version and arguably the most powerful.
Big Brother became the extremely popular house band at the Avalon Ballroom, but it was primarily an instrumental band. Chet Helms decided that the band needed a vocalist, and he contacted Janis Joplin about joining. Joplin made the trip from Austin, Texas and debuted with Big Brother on June 10, 1966. Joplin's strong vocals were a major turning point for Big Brother and they went on to achieve national success.
Big Brother's first major breakthrough was its performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. Shortly thereafter, they signed a contract with Columbia Records. Columbia booked the band for engagements around the country and on March 8, 1968, Big Brother became the first band to play at the newly opened Fillmore East.