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CaptionNo discussion involving the Sixties the source of the "San Francisco sound" or the "Summer of Love" can take place without mentioning Chet Helms a front-line contributor to the people ideas and events surrounding the most dynamic decade in American history. Chet Helms and his production company the Family Dog turned small get-togethers of local musicians and artists into a scene that eventually produced the great legendary gatherings of the Summer of Love. Helms moved from Austin to San Francisco for the first time in the summer of 1962. He returned to Austin briefly in 1963 to beckon his childhood friend then-unknown folksinger Janis Joplin to hitch-hike back with him telling her he would help promote her career in San Francisco. the band Big Brother and the Holding Company was formed with Janis Joplin as the group's lead singer was formed and managed through its formative years by Helms. Through his relationships with such celebrated figures as Ken Kesey and The Grateful Dead Helms found himself at the center of it all a willing coordinator of the era's new interpretation of music and youth culture. By February 1966 Helms started producing shows for many bands under the name Family Dog Productions at the Fillmore Auditorium on alternating weekends with Bill Graham Presents. By April Helms secured permits to run his own dance hall The Avalon Ballroom on Sutter Street.
HeadlineChet Helms August 2 1942 June 25 2005
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URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_Helms

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