Jello Biafra

Singer and Activist

Jello Biafra is an American musician, spoken word artist and leading figure of the Green Party of the United States. Biafra first gained attention as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys. After his time with the band concluded, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which he had co-founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray.… Read More

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1958 Birth Born on June 17, 1958.


1977 19 Years Old He began his career in music in January 1977 as a roadie for the punk rock band The Ravers (who later changed their name to The Nails), soon joining his friend John Greenway in a band called The Healers. … Read More


1978 20 Years Old In June 1978, he responded to an advertisement placed in a store by guitarist East Bay Ray, stating "Guitarist wants to form punk band", and together they formed the Dead Kennedys. … Read More
1979 21 Years Old In the autumn of 1979, Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco, using the Jell-O ad campaign catchphrase, "There's always room for Jello", as his campaign slogan. … Read More
1981 23 Years Old The Dead Kennedys received some controversy in the spring of 1981 over the single "Too Drunk to Fuck". … Read More
In April 1986, police officers raided his house in response to complaints by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC).


1988 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Biafra has a cameo role in the 1988 film Tapeheads. … Read More
1989 31 Years Old While working on the film Terminal City Ricochet in 1989, Biafra did a song for the film's soundtrack with D.O.A.. … Read More
1993 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Biafra also provided lyrics for the song "Biotech is Godzilla" for Sepultura's 1993 album Chaos A.D.. … Read More
1994 36 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 7, 1994, punk rock fans who believed Biafra was a "sell out" attacked him at the 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. … Read More


Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States and actively supports various political causes. He ran for the party's Presidential nomination in 2000, finishing a distant second to Ralph Nader. … Read More
2005 47 Years Old His collection grew so large that on October 1, 2005, Biafra donated a portion of his collection to an annual yard sale co-promoted by Alternative Tentacles and held at their warehouse in Emeryville, California.
2006 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, along with Alternative Tentacles employee and The Frisk lead singer Jesse Luscious, Biafra began co-hosting The Alternative Tentacles Batcast, a downloadable podcast hosted by … Read More


2008 50 Years Old After Barack Obama won the general election, Jello wrote an open letter making suggestions on how to run his term as president. Biafra criticized Obama during his term, stating that "Obama even won the award for best advertising campaign of 2008." … Read More
2011 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Biafra appeared in a singular concert event with an all-star cast of Southern musicians including members from Cowboy Mouth, Dash Rip Rock, Mojo Nixon and Down entitled, "Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch & Soul All Stars" who performed an array of classic Soul covers to a packed house at the 12-Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2012 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 2012 interview, Biafra said "I'm very pro-tax as long as it goes for the right things. … Read More
2014 56 Years Old He would later reunite with many of the same musicians during the Carnival season 2014 to revisit many of these classics at Siberia, New Orleans. … Read More
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