To celebrate the broadcast premiere of
on Tuesday, May 3 on KQED 9, Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue we asked our social media fans to delve into their family albums and show us their snapshots taken during the Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area: a place Joplin called home until her untimely death age 27 in 1970. And they did not disappoint.
Scroll down to enjoy just some of the many, many evocative photographs we received via the #BayBackWhen hashtag. Many thanks to all those who contributed to this collective picture of the style, attitude and atmosphere of an unforgettable period of Bay Area history!
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Joan Rudloff, via Facebook: Pictured at San Francisco General Hospital "in 1970 or so"
Loriz Gomez, via Facebook: "'61, 62? Santa Cruz. Sis in law Sharon, my brothers, my niece the baby and sis Robina and I. Crazy family!"
Molly Robinson Couto, via Facebook: "Me holding my older sister's hand during a protest march in downtown Berkeley in around 1968. My mom is just behind my sister, and her best friend is behind her next to another family friend."
Xochitl Selena Martinez, via Facebook: "The Sinaloa nightclub in North Beach, S.F. me as a child, my mom, aunts and extended family 1965."
From Mary Elizabeth Ferla-Brown, via Facebook: "My dad , Jim Ferla [exact date unknown.] He passed away in 2002 and I always keep it in my wallet."
Minh Steven Dovan: "This picture was taken in 1969, Monterey. The Dovan clan had been one of the first Vietnamese families to emigrate to the US. The patriarch, Hien Dovan was offered a teaching post at the Language Institute on the West Coast and came over during the Eisenhower administration in 1957; his family soon followed. At school the young Dovans were thought to be either Koreans (because of the recent Korean War), Chinese or Japanese because at that time very few people had ever heard of Vietnam.”
Jacqueline Haber, via Facebook: "Miss Martinez & Miss McNulty, San Franciscans picnicking on Mt. Tam, 1968!"
Stephanie Byrne Fiedler, via Facebook: "Peace March in San Francisco - probably 1968 or 1969."
Gary Lucas, via Facebook: "I was there the night Janis and the Angels closed down the Avalon. It was the best party in town. This is a photo of three Haight Street Freaks back in about '68. I'm the one in the middle. We were driven by a psychological compulsion to search for an order of complexity greater than what had been previously experienced. Believing it was my duty to advance Humanitarian Values and to protect the earth, I brought my ability to transcend with me and San Francisco validated it."
Theresa Anderson Glisson, via Facebook: "Here's my family photo from my hippie days......cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, brother and sisters. I'm the cool one in front with the dog."
Julieta Zambrano Villa, via Facebook
Maureen Hurley, via Facebook: "Mo Hurley & Bob Hamilton, with my brother Guy Franklin and cousin David Dinsmore, partying like rockstars in San Rafael. I'm fairly certain the punch was spiked. Look at the little kid's expression."
Cheri Mendieta, via Facebook: "1967 free concert Golden Gate park, sisterly love with brother Bill Rook."
From Molly Robinson Couto, via Facebook: "This is my dad (far right), my Uncle Al, middle, and their friend Paul Nord, hanging out at Strawberry Canyon pool [Berkeley], 1961"
From Susan Sarra, via Facebook: "My high school graduation, 1967. Lovin' the dress."
Gary Lucas, via Facebook: "One day I was at a stop sign with a Janis song blaring on the radio, when suddenly she crossed the street in front of me. Hearing my radio, she turned and gave me a big Janis Joplin wave.This is a photo of me with my littIe sister in about '67 somewhere in the Haight. "Hey Lana Jean," I hollered as I was pulling out of our small New Mexico farm town. "You wanna go to San Francisco?" We turned on, tuned in, and dropped out -- meaning we accepted the epistemological demand of adult learners to be self-authoring. Our intention was to transcend the captivity of socialization. Innately, Humans are makers of meaning. We shape our experiences. Reality just doesn't happen, up to us, pre-formed. We have the responsibility of making our own meaning."
Loretta Norton, via Facebook: "Billy Jean King at party in the late 60s. I am at left playing guitar."
Deborah Wall McGraw, via Facebook: "San Francisco, 1968"
Scott Klinepier, via Instagram: "Me in 1969, Kentfield"
Shannon Barter, via Instagram: "Me and the fam, Montara 1969."
Trish Grima, via Facebook: "Oakland 1965 (in front of old Laurel School)"
Steve Quinlan, via Facebook: "Robert & Tomiko Quinlan. Fairfield,1969."
Melanie Hofmann, via Facebook: "Graduation ceremony of students at Pinel School (Martinez, CA), Curry Creek, Clayton, CA"
Susan Sarra Kelly, via Facebook: "Christmas '69. Me & my Mom"
Ivee Broussard, via Facebook: "Once upon a time in the Excelsior District of San Francisco, people got *very* dressed up to go to Sunday mass. I love my mother's (Anita) pillbox hat, wrist length gloves, and pointy shoes, and my father's (Ivan) Sinatra look. 1968, Church of the Epiphany."
Marisol Colon Santoni, via Facebook: "17th Street [San Francisco] with Eureka Market in background, 1962. Pictured are my Mom and brother."
Russ Dugoni, via Facebook: "Groovy! 1969 family pic."
Ali Madigan, via Facebook: "San Pablo 1969. Me, riding the pony, with my three siblings and two neighbor kids. You can just see the tail end of Mom's VW bus on the right. Now famous for being the quintessential "Hippie" van, for our family of seven it was the "minivan" of the day."
Deborah Wall McGraw, via Facebook: "A concert in the Bay Area, 1968"
Jan Rosen, via Facebook: "Saratoga 1962"
Katherine Murray, via Facebook: "Half Moon Bay in our new 1965 Mustang."
Christine Suppes, via Facebook: "Dad coming home from work one summer evening down on the Peninsula in 1962, in front of an old California bay tree in our yard. We lived outdoors as little kids all summer long, and I almost never wore shoes!"
Jacqueline Dever, via Facebook: "Bolinas Beach, with Stinson in the background."