James Gurley
Musician and psychedelic rocker
James Gurley
James Martin Gurley was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco which was fronted by singer Janis Joplin from 1966 to 1968.
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Trasimeno Blues, gran finale con Big Brother & The Holding Company, la prima ... - tuttoggi.info
Google News - over 5 years
Arriveranno a Trasimeno Blues i componenti originali della band, Sam Andrew, Peter Albin e Dave Getz, i quali, assieme a James Gurley (passato a miglior vita nel dicembre del 2009) ea Janis Joplin, hanno scritto la storia del Rock psichedelico
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Spiagge Soul, Big Brother e Lisa Hunt a Marina di Ravenna - Ravennanotizie.it
Google News - over 5 years
Giganti della scena psichedelica statunitense, i Big Brother and the Holding Company si sono formati nel 1965 per iniziativa di Sam Andrew, Peter Albin, Dave Getz e James Gurley, quest'ultimo scomparso nel dicembre 2009. Nati nello stesso magma sonoro
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11th Annual Northern California Blues Festival - Music Indistry News Network
Google News - over 5 years
Coming from the same fledgling psychedelic San Francisco scene that produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Jefferson Airplane, BB&THC was formed in 1965 by Sam Andrew, Pete Albin, James Gurley and Chuck Jones
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Utility workers help to restore power after storms - WAFF
Google News - over 5 years
James Gurley, who lives off Moss Street, was awaken by the loud crash of a tree. The huge limb snapped off, hit a power line and cut his power. "I was watching television back in the back and I woke up and the television was off, so I went to see what
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Fanatics! Henry Rollins' KCRW Show Tomorrow Night: Dinosaur Jr., Six Major ... - LA Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
We go from there to dig some Rowland S Howard, get crashed into by Robert Fripp, back into it with some serious J Mascis and then into a jam featuring one of my favorite guitar players, the late great James Gurley, who passed away in December of 2009
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Anche la prima band Janis Joplin a Trasimeno Blues - Il sito di Perugia
Google News - over 5 years
Tra loro ci sono ancora Sam Andrew, Peter Albin e Dave Getz, ovvero tutti tranne lo scomparso James Gurley. Altro nome di spicco è quello di Eugenio Finardi con il suo 'electric tour' il 23 luglio nella rocca medievale di Castiglion del lago
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JANIS JOPLIN: la "petite blanche" qui chantait le blues. - Come4News
Google News - almost 6 years
Il comprend à cette époque Sam Andrew et James Gurley aux guitares, Peter Albin à la basse et David Getz à la batterie. A la recherche d'une chanteuse pour compléter le quatuor, leur manager, Chet Helms, se souvient de Janis, et la retrouve à Austin ou
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MUSIC; A Piece of Her Heart On a 40th Anniversary
NYTimes - over 6 years
IN the late summer of 1968, Big Brother and the Holding Company had nearly finished recording ''Cheap Thrills'' when Janis Joplin, the band's singer, slipped the drummer Dave Getz a set of lyrics she'd handwritten to accompany a piano riff he had been practicing. The song, ''Can't Be the Only One,'' with words by Joplin and music by Mr. Getz, was
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'Mommy,' Boy Said, 'I Got Shot'
NYTimes - over 6 years
His head cushioned against a white hospital bed on Friday, Ronnell Gurley whispered the story of how, the night before, he became a 9-year-old with a bullet lodged in his shoulder bone. It was about 5 p.m. on Thursday that two of Ronnell's cousins took their uncle's silver BMX bike to the convenience store at 245 Stanley Avenue in the Canarsie
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James Gurley, 69, Guitarist in Big Brother
NYTimes - about 7 years
James Gurley, who played guitar in Big Brother and the Holding Company, the psychedelic rock band that brought Janis Joplin to fame, died on Sunday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 69. The cause was a heart attack, said the band's manager, Tim Murphy. One of the central groups of San Francisco's fertile mid-1960s rock scene, Big Brother
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HOME VIDEO; The Shetlands, Nostalgically
NYTimes - over 15 years
Documentaries about making movies are a staple these days, particularly on DVD, but few project a passion like ''Return to the Edge of the World,'' by the British director Michael Powell. In 1936 Powell made his feature film ''The Edge of the World'' on the gale-bent Shetland Island of Foula. It was decades before helicopters delivered actors and
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 69
    James Gurley died on December 20, 2009 from a heart attack at his home in Palm Desert, California, just two days before his 70th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details His wife, Margaret, survived him, as did his two sons, Django and Hongo.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 55
    Gurley, with fellow members of Big Brother, played at the induction ceremony for the late Janis Joplin at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, although he deeply regretted that the band members were not inducted themselves.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 41
    After he was involved in a number of independent projects. In 1981, he started a New Wave band, Red Robin and The Worms.
    More Details Hide Details He played bass with Robin Reed on vocals, Mitch McKendry aka Mitch Master on lead guitar, Jerome Jim Holt on Sax, and James's son Hongo Gurley (from first wife Nancy) on drums. He recorded with New Age drummer Muruga Booker and was actively involved in writing and recording solo work. In May 1997, he stopped touring with Big Brother to devote his full attention to these projects. The first offering was entitled "Pipe Dreams" and was released in January 2000.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 32
    He remarried and had another child in 1972.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 22
    In 1962, he moved to San Francisco with his wife Nancy and became part of the coffee-house circuit, playing in the folk and country blues tradition.
    More Details Hide Details For a time, he played with J.P. Pickens and the Progressive Bluegrass Boys. In the summer of 1965, Chet Helms brought James to 1090 Page Street to meet Peter Albin and Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and shortly thereafter, he joined the band. His fearlessly wild guitar playing made the band's reputation for "far-out" psychedelic experimentation. He said it developed from his admiration of John Coltrane's barrier-breaking saxophone solos. A few weeks after Janis Joplin joined the band, James began having an affair with her. Once James and Janis became involved, he moved out of the apartment he shared with his wife and moved in with Janis. According to Janis, that arrangement ended the day Nancy came barging through the front door of Janis's apartment. "What an embarrassing situation," Janis told Jim Langdon later. "His old lady comes marching into my bedroom with the kid and the dog and confronts us." James continued his affair with Janis for a while, but eventually returned to Nancy, who forgave both him and Janis, with whom she had a close friendship. In 1966, the members of Big Brother, along with their wives and children, all moved into a single house in Lagunitas, California. He was know as the first Guitarist in 'space', due to his progressive 'acid' style, and one of the most influential of the Sanfransisco sound.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born in 1939.
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