AV: It seems mind boggling that with a #1 album on the charts for eight weeks, that Janis would leave (December, 1968) the band. Why did this happen?SA: Some people think it was Columbia who suggested it, but I think it was more Albert Grossman's idea.PA: I can't hear him saying, "Janis, leave the band." I can hear him suggesting she might work better with some other musicians and putting her into a quandry. It wasn't only Grossman, but other friends and people in the business who may have had a hand in it.Part of the problem was that when we were on the road all the reviews focused on Janis. Also, nine out of ten reviews gave the band a bad review --- but this was the straight press, never the underground papers.SA: I think we forget the fact that Janis was such a great singer ---the premiere white blues singer --- that she was naturally better than the band. Of course, who could you put her with? In fact, this was subsequently proven, that neither the Kosmic Blues Band (with whom I was a member) nor the Full-Tilt Boogie Band came anywhere near Big Brother, although the individual musicians were as good.PA: The other question was what concept of music would be appropriate for her. Janis later said, "Oh, if I knew you guys wouldn't mind adding a horn section or a keyboard player, then I would have stuck with you." That was one of the concepts that she was thinking about when, in fact, it wasn't appropriate. She was compared immediately to Aretha Franklin when she got a big band.SA: There is also the factor of losing her audience which may have been driven away when she switched styles. By adding horns she diluted her sound and made it more conventional.Perhaps an analogy can be made to the Rolling Stones. People were always telling Mick Jagger that Keith Richards was not that good a guitar player, yet when Mick made a solo LP it didn't do that well. It was the whole thing about the Rolling Stones that made them a great band. I think the same can be said about Big Brother & the Holding Company.