While keeping the original description we also wish to add that our brother Sam passed away in the arms of his loving wife Elise at 5:15 pm on February 12th, 2015. The donations are being used for both the medical bills incurred from 10 weeks in the ICU. His wife took family leave from her job to be by Sam's side while he was in the hospital and spent most of that time in San Francisco, the city where Big Brother and The Holding Company was conceived and a city they both love.
As most of you already know, Sam Andrew, a founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, had a heart attack in early December 2014. Since that time he's battled infections, setbacks and had multiple surgeries in an attempt to save his life. This fund is to help his family with the mounting expenses and medical bills incurred during that time.
Sam has been known to help many people in need from playing benefit concerts and giving free interviews to mentoring aspiring singers and musicians. This is now our chance to give back.
We will always know Big Brother and The Holding Company as the breakout band at the Monterey Pop Festival which skyrocketed Big Brother and The Holding Company with singer Janis Joplin to stardom. With his long flowing hair, blue eyes and impish smile, he was a representation of the 1960s San Francisco music scene.
Not only is Sam a musician and composer but an amazing artist as well. His paintings have been exhibited in several bay area galleries. As a linguist he speaks a myriad of languages and is known for his vast knowledge of any topic.
Sam has given us a lifetime of creativity and intellectual musings for free. Now is our chance to help out a brother in need.