Big Brother and the Holding Company is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane. They are best known as the band that featured Janis Joplin as their lead singer. Their 1968 album Cheap Thrills is considered one of the masterpieces of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco; it reached number one on the Billboard charts, and was ranked number 338 in Rolling Stone 's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The key members of the band were :Edit

Sam Andrew - guitar
James Gurley - guitar
David Getz - drums
Peter Albin - bass guitar
Janis Joplin - vocals on first two albums

Books featuring the bandEdit

1973 - Buried Alive - a Biography of Janis Joplin by Myra Friedman
1973 - Going Down With Janis by Peggy Caserta
1992 - Love, Janis by Laura Joplin