Visual Radio is honored to be speaking with
JOHN TILL, founding member of
Janis Joplin's FULL TILT BOOGIE BAND
and a member of Joplin's KOZMIC BLUES BAND
that performed at Woodstock!
LIVE AND ON THE AIR AT WINCAM!
Aug. 17, 1969 | Woodstock Festival Ends
John Till and Janis Joplin performed at WOODSTOCK on August 17th.
We are celebrating the 42nd Anniversary the night after on Visual Radio!
Here's a rare Janis Joplin rendition of Me & Bobby McGee live at Threadgills
Visual Radio host Joe Viglione interviewed Mr. Till for a biography published on AllMusic.com / Rovi
The music was underrated at the time, but now provides a treasure chest of insight into how Joplin was perfecting her craft -- and how John Till was growing artistically as well. Full sets from Port Chester, NY, in early August, the first Woodstock fest in mid-August of 1969, and the Texas International Pop Festival from Labor Day weekend of the same year, along with material from the Boston Music Hall that December, exist and show the power of the band. When Joplin formed her Full Tilt Boogie Band it was the creation of a perfect unit with which she could express herself. The Pearl album and the tour that preceded it has the dependable John Till sound embellishing her music in a natural progression from the experimental sounds Sam Andrew provided. - Joe Viglione for AllMusic.com
John generously allowed our audience to hear some history by allowing me to print info from this e mail:
Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:09 John Till wrote:
I've been to Boston a few times, and always had a
good time there.
The final live concert that Janis ever played was at Harvard Stadium, Aug.12/70.
Of course none of us in the band ever imagined that it would be the last time,
but we had a great time while we were there!
The Stadium was jammed packed and noisy that afternoon.
The band's dressing room was a small house trailer along one side of the of the field right by the seating area. So close we could shake hands with the people when we opened the trailer door. There were several cases of beer on ice in the trailer that we couldn't ever have
finished so we handed dozens of bottles out the door to the people.
There were a lot of thumbs up each time we did that.
It was a hot day.
Thanks, John, for sharing the memories. John has a disc of 8 songs from the Harvard Square show where the band played Mercedez Benz behind Janis! Not something you hear as the hit version of the song was a capella
We may talk about Janis' press secretary, Myra Friedman, who passed away last October
John spoke with Myra on the phone constantly and saw her again in 2009 at her apartment on 14th Street.
Some of the topics that might be discussed
---Sony re-release of Janis Joplin - The Woodstock Experience (This is the remix of the Woodstock tracks on the new edition. There are three different mixes out there...the soundboard on the bootleg, the mix for the WOODSTOCK BOXED SET and the new mix on the 2009 release.
---The recent passing of Jerry Ragovoy July 13
---the DVD Festival Express which features John Till
---What John Till is up to today
---where Full Tilt Boogie Band is today ...who are the surviving members
The late Richard Bell
Full Tilt Boogie Band
Joplin live at Woodstock August 19th 1969
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