January 19th, 2007

blindfolded

In search of ...

The first live show I ever went to was the Northern California Folk-Rock Festival at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. This was May 18, 1968 -- I was a few months shy of eleven years old. Various Bay Area luminaries performed there, Country Joe and the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors. I was only able to be there for the afternoon and early evening when my friend Bill Walker's father was running the medical tent, but I remember the set by Big Brother and The Holding Company as being amazing.

I figured that this was one of those things that is a lost part of my youth, but apparently Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane made a very good reel-to-reel board recording of Big Brother, and that it is out there on the tape trader's network.

Just a shot in the dark, but does anyone know someone in the trader scene who could help me acquire a copy of this performance?

I know, I'm old. STFU. We're not talking about nostalgia here, this is motherfucking time travel.
UPDATE: The Poster