Jello Biafra

Singer and activist Jello Biafra

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.
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Shepard Fairey (and His Art) Make the Jump From <i>Covert to Overt</i>
Huffington Post - over 2 years
When Shepard Fairey was growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, and showing the early signs of an affinity for subversive art, his parents warned him that he was hanging with the wrong crowd. Turns out they were only sort-of right. "I was creating the wrong crowd," Fairey now says with a grin. The street propagandist-turned-cultural icon has spent most of his life doing just that, combining the social commentary of his revered punk rock with the aesthetic vision of his art-world idols in works ranging from small stickers to mega-murals that adorn the skylines of major world cities. There might be no better name, then, for a coffee-table book about Fairey's work than Covert to Overt, released last week in the midst of new gallery exhibits in both New York and Los Angeles. The 256-page book is filled not only with spectacular photos of Fairey's output over the past five years, but also fascinating narratives written by both the artist and guests like comedian Russell Brand and...
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Shepard Fairey (and His Art) Make the Jump From <i>Covert to Overt</i>
Huffington Post - over 2 years
When Shepard Fairey was growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, and showing the early signs of an affinity for subversive art, his parents warned him that he was hanging with the wrong crowd. Turns out they were only sort-of right. "I was creating the wrong crowd," Fairey now says with a grin. The street propagandist-turned-cultural icon has spent most of his life doing just that, combining the social commentary of his revered punk rock with the aesthetic vision of his art-world idols in works ranging from small stickers to mega-murals that adorn the skylines of major world cities. There might be no better name, then, for a coffee-table book about Fairey's work than Covert to Overt, released last week in the midst of new gallery exhibits in both New York and Los Angeles. The 256-page book is filled not only with spectacular photos of Fairey's output over the past five years, but also fascinating narratives written by both the artist and guests like comedian Russell Brand and...
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Music DVD Review: A Band Called Death
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Music DVD Review: A Band Called Death Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 1:15 pm, Monday, May 20, 2013 The all-black power trio from Detroit played a fierce and fast rock and roll that, like fellow Detroit bands like the MC5 and The Stooges, anticipated punk. [...] a few years ago, hardly anyone had heard them. The Arista Records impresario was ready to snap up their debut album, recorded at Detroit's legendary United Sound Recording Studio, on one condition: they change their name. When Death's sole 45, "Politicians in My Eyes," got into the hands of record collector/former Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra, word began to spread, and reached critical mass around the time of a New York Times article in 2009, the same year their 1974 album ...For The Whole World To See
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Coachella 2013 Lineup Released
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Coachella Music Festival released their official 2013 lineup in a tweet on Thursday evening, and the headliners for each day are Blur, The Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers as the closing night act. This will be Coachella's 14th hurrah and its second year of splitting the festival into two identical weekends in order to accomodate their vastly multiplying audience. Weekend 1 will take place April 12-14 and Weekend 2 will be April 19-21. Festival passes for both weekends go on sale Tuesday, January 29th at 10AM PST. Festival passes for Weekend 1 must be purchased with a shuttle pass or a car camping pass. New for 2013, the price you see is the price you pay — $349 for a GA ticket and $799 for VIP. Prices reflect all fees included. Layaway is no longer an option for either weekend. Last year's tickets sold out online in under two hours. Friday, April 12 &amp; 19 Blur, The Stone Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Jurassic 5, Grinderman, Bassne...
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Shepard Fairey: I'm Voting for Barack Obama Because I Believe Progress Is Possible
The Huffington Post - over 5 years
I'm voting for Barack Obama, but not because of "Hope," the poster I made in 2008, or because of hopes, of which I can't say mine have been particularly fulfilled. I'm voting for Barack Obama because I believe evolution is real and possible. I want to see this country move forward, not backward, and I know that four more years of Obama in office will have our country and our planet looking far more like the ones I want to see than a Romney presidency ever could. When I created my Obama portrait, the image was originally accompanied by the word "progress," not "hope," because I thought Obama was the candidate who would lead us in the right direction. My poster wasn't directly affiliated with the Obama campaign, but when they politely asked me if I'd change it to say "hope" I obliged, because without hope there is no action, and without action there is no progress. I come from the worlds of skateboarding and punk rock, and the "Hope" poster was about as un-Jello Biafra a...
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Jello Biafra at the Beachland, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Blossom & more: A&E on the Tens events
Cleveland - over 5 years
From concerts to authors speaking, there are lot of things happening about town. Check out our Friday magazine's listing of what to do "on the tens."
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Jello Biafra on 'Nazi Punks' and hate speech
LATimes - over 5 years
The ugly subculture of neo-Nazi punk rock is back in the news after the shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. But within the punk community itself, many voices have loudly opposed this strain over the decades and worked to combat it with music.
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Letters
The Portland Mercury - almost 6 years
Less purple, in patches. DISAMBIGUATION RE: "Whamby Thank You Ma'am" [Letters, March 29], in which reader Anna Murillo accuses Editor in Chief Wm. Steven Humphrey of being a "whamby." (Turns out HK is at least partly right: see "What Is This 'Whamby'?" [Letters, June 28, 2007].) DEAR MERCURY—I believe the term "whamby" as used by comrade Murillo was originally coined in the Portland Mercury letters by a pro-union carpenter complaining about a trust fund kid. A small group of PDX and Troutdale situationists decided to make the term popular in reference to the new kind of post-second depression creative-class bobos. Jello Biafra makes the point that both the boutique owners of expensive hippie craft in Boulder, Colorado, and the arrogance of dot-com bobos in the good ole Bay Area were the enemy. -HK SHAME, SHAME, SHAME RE: "Dear Jeff Foxworthy" [I Love Television, March 29], an open letter to the comedian/actor providing s...
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Tallinn Music Week, Estonia
Clash - almost 6 years
When the President of Estonia opens Tallinn Music Week with a speech quoting Jello Biafra and PJ Harvey, you know you are in a cool country. He also shows a video of punk band Pussy Riot playing a guerrilla gig in a Russian Orthodox Church, one of the acts leading to members being held in custody in neighbouring Russia. Not only is the President offering support to the activists, he is also providing a contrast to Estonia which is rightly proud of its liberty and where musicians would not be arrested for speaking out against the government. This is a city relishing its creative freedom, which during the course of the fourth Tallinn Music Week is showcased by hundreds of diverse musical acts, both from Estonia and other (mainly north European) countries. Estonia is a small country and capital Tallinn only has a population of 416,000, yet it was European Capital of Culture in 2011: there is a lot going on. Opening the festival in big, jubilant style are Finns Rubik (pictu...
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Re: Dave Mustaine sings for Santorum, cries for Metallica
Charleston City Paper - about 6 years
Really not sure why anyone would care who Mustaine backed for president. Now if <a class="fplink fp-135148" href="/jello+biafra+1">Jello Biafra</a> comes out and backs Santorum that would be a shock. Posted by artrogue
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Comment on It’s Time To Occupy Mainstream Media by Ole Ole Olson
News Junkie Post - about 6 years
Don’t hate the media, become the media -Jello Biafra
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Bruise Cruise Adds Jello Biafra to Lineup, Announces Schedule, Releases King Khan and the Shrines Track and More [Cruise-y Bits]
Nashville Scene - about 6 years
The highly anticipated high-seas hi jinx of the Bruise Cruise are only a month away!… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Jello Biafra Speaks Out on Israel, Palestine, and a Cancelled Concert
Green Party Watch - over 6 years
Earlier this year, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine had a scheduled concert in Tel Aviv, which led to pressure on him to cancel the concert to respect the Boycott movement against the Israeli State due to their Human Rights practices vis a vis Palestine. It was an awkward situation, and Jello chose [...]
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Today in Music History - Aug. 27 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 6 years
Also in 1987, Jello Biafra, lead singer of the defunct punk rock group &quot;The Dead Kennedys,&quot; and several associates were acquitted of pornography charges in Los Angeles. The charges stemmed from a sexually explicit poster included with &quot;The Dead
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Interview with Shepard Fairey - Monterey County Weekly
Google News - over 6 years
Jello Biafra had an incident years ago in which he was attacked by punks because they thought he had sold out the movement... It&#39;s funny you brought up Jello. He&#39;s one of my heroes. I love the Dead Kennedys [Biafra&#39;s former political punk band]
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    FORTIES
  • 2014
    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.
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  • 2012
    Biafra refused to support Obama in 2012. Biafra has stated that he feels that Obama continued many of George W. Bush's policies, summarizing Obama's policies as containing "worse and worse laws against human rights and more and more illegal unconstitutional spying." On September 18, 2015, it was announced that Jello would be supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election.
    In a 2012 interview, Biafra said "I'm very pro-tax as long as it goes for the right things.
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  • 2011
    In the summer of 2011 Jello Biafra and his band were scheduled to play at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv.
    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    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."
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  • 2006
    His ninth spoken word album, In the Grip of Official Treason, was released in October 2006.
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    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 alternativetentacles.com.
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  • 2005
    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.
  • 2000
    After losing the 2000 nomination, Jello became highly active in Ralph Nader's presidential campaign, as well as in 2004 and 2008.
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    In 2000, the New York State Green Party drafted Biafra as a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and a few supporters were elected to the party's nominating convention in Denver, Colorado.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    His heavy interest in such recordings (often categorized as outsider music) eventually led to his discovery of the prolific (and schizophrenic) singer/songwriter/artist Wesley Willis, whom he signed to Alternative Tentacles in 1994, preceding Willis' major label deal with American Recordings.
    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.
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  • 1993
    In 1993 he gave an interview to RE/Search Publications for their second Incredibly Strange Music book focusing primarily on these records.
    Biafra also provided lyrics for the song "Biotech is Godzilla" for Sepultura's 1993 album Chaos A.D..
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    While working on the film Terminal City Ricochet in 1989, Biafra did a song for the film's soundtrack with D.O.A..
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  • 1988
    In 1988, Biafra, with Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker of the band Ministry, and Jeff Ward, formed Lard.
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    Biafra has a cameo role in the 1988 film Tapeheads.
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  • 1986
    The marriage ended in 1986.
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    The Dead Kennedys disbanded during the trial, in December 1986, due to the mounting legal costs; in the wake of their disbandment, Biafra made a career of his spoken word performances.
    In June 1986, L.A. deputy city attorney Michael Guarino, working under City Attorney James Hahn, brought Biafra to trial in Los Angeles for distributing "harmful material to minors" in the Dead Kennedys album Frankenchrist.
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    In April 1986, police officers raided his house in response to complaints by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC).
  • 1981
    The Dead Kennedys received some controversy in the spring of 1981 over the single "Too Drunk to Fuck".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    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.
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  • 1978
    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.
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  • 1977
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1958
    Born on June 17, 1958.
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