Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys routinely top both critic and fan polls as the greatest punk band of their generation. Their debut full-length, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, in particular, is regularly voted among the top albums in the genre. Fresh Fruit offered a perfect hybrid of humor and polemic strapped to a musical chassis that was as tetchy and inventive as Jello Biafra’s withering broadsides. Those lyrics, cruel in their precision, were revelatory. But it wouldn’t have worked if the underlying sonics were not such an uproarious rush, the paraffin to Biafra’s naked flame. Dead Kennedys’ continuing influence is an extraordinary achievement for a band that had practically zero radio play and only released records on independent labels. They not only existed outside of the mainstream but were, as V. Vale of Search and Destroy noted, the first band of their stature to turn on and attack the music industry itself. The DKs set so much in motion. They were integral to the formulation of an alternative network that allowed bands on the first rung of the ladder to tour outside of their own backyard. They were instrumental in supporting the concept of all-ages shows and spurned the advances of corporate rock promoters and industry lapdogs. They legitimized the notion of an American punk band touring internationally while disseminating the true horror of their native country’s foreign policies, effectively serving as anti-ambassadors on their travels. The book uses dozens of first-hand interviews, photos, and original artwork to offer a new perspective on a group who would become mired in controversy almost from the get-go. It applauds the band’s key role in transforming punk rhetoric, both polemical and musical, into something genuinely threatening—and enormously funny. The author offers context in terms of both the global and local trajectory of punk and, while not flinching from the wildly differing takes individual band members have on the evolution of the band, attempts to be celebratory—if not uncritical.

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Genre : Music
Author : Alex Ogg
Publisher : PM Press
Release : 2014-07-01
Total Pages : 224 Pages
ISBN : 9781604869873


Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

In 1978, San Francisco, a city that has seen more than its share of trauma, plunged from a summer of political tension into an autumn cascade of malevolence that so eluded human comprehension it seemed almost demonic. The battles over property taxes and a ballot initiative calling for a ban on homosexuals teaching in public schools gave way to the madness of the Jonestown massacre and the murders of Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk at the hands of their former colleague, Dan White. In the year that followed this season of insanity, it made sense that a band called Dead Kennedys played Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, referring to Governor Jerry Brown as a "zen fascist," calling for landlords to be lynched and yuppie gentrifiers to be sent to Cambodia to work for "a bowl of rice a day," critiquing government welfare and defense policies, and, at a time when each week seemed to bring news of a new serial killer or child abduction, commenting on dead and dying children. But it made sense only (or primarily) to those who were there, to those who experienced the heyday of "the Mab." Most histories of the 1970s and 1980s ignore youth politics and subcultures. Drawing on Bay Area zines as well as new interviews with the band and many key figures from the early San Francisco punk scene, Michael Stewart Foley corrects that failing by treating Dead Kennedys' first record, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, as a critical historical document, one that not only qualified as political expression but, whether experienced on vinyl or from the stage of "the Mab," stimulated emotions and ideals that were, if you can believe it, utopian.

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Genre : Music
Author : Michael Stewart Foley
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2015-05-21
Total Pages : 192 Pages
ISBN : 9781623562441


Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys

The Dead Kennedys roared to life in the late 1970s: their left-wing political stance, shock tactics, and messages of rebellion against corruption stirred everybody up, including Tipper Gore and her pack of conservative music-banning buddies. This book focuses on the band from its conception through its breakup in the mid-1980s, and includes reproductions of flyers, promo shots, snippets of interviews, lyrics, and rare photos. Lead singer Jello Biafra's candidacy in the 1979 San Francisco mayoral race is also entertainingly detailed.

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Genre : Music
Author : Marian Kester
Publisher : Last Gasp
Release : 2004-03-01
Total Pages : 64 Pages
ISBN : 0867196068


Gimme Something Better

Gimme Something Better

An oral history of the modern punk-revival?s West Coast Birthplace Outside of New York and London, California?s Bay Area claims the oldest continuous punk-rock scene in the world. Gimme Something Better brings this outrageous and influential punk scene to life, from the notorious final performance of the Sex Pistols, to Jello Biafra?s bid for mayor, the rise of Maximum RocknRoll magazine, and the East Bay pop-punk sound that sold millions around the globe. Throngs of punks, including members of the Dead Kennedys, Avengers, Flipper, MDC, Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, and AFI, tell their own stories in this definitive account, from the innovative art-damage of San Francisco?s Fab Mab in North Beach, to the still vibrant all-ages DIY ethos of Berkeley?s Gilman Street. Compiled by longtime Bay Area journalists Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor, Gimme Something Better chronicles more than two decades of punk music, progressive politics, social consciousness, and divine decadence, told by the people who made it happen.

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Genre : Music
Author : Jack Boulware
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2009-09-29
Total Pages : 512 Pages
ISBN : 9781101145005


Punk Post Punk New Wave

Punk Post Punk New Wave

Iconic and never-before-seen images of punk and post-punk’s quintessential bands In the late 70s, punk rock music began to evolve into the post-punk and new wave movements that dominated until the early 90s. During this time, prolific photographer and filmmaker Michael Grecco was in the thick of things, documenting the club scene in places like Boston and New York, and getting shots on- and backstage with bands such as The Cramps, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads, Human Sexual Response, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, the Ramones, and many others. Grecco captured in black and white and color the raw energy, sweat, and antics that characterized the alternative music of the time. Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991 features stunning, never-before-seen photography from this iconic period in music. In addition to concert photography, he also shot album covers and promotional pieces that round out this impressively extensive photo collection. Featuring a foreword from Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, Punk, Post Punk, New Wave is a quintessential piece of music history for anyone looking for backstage access into the careers of punk and post punk’s most beloved bands.

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Genre : Music
Author : Michael Grecco
Publisher : Abrams
Release : 2020-11-10
Total Pages : 240 Pages
ISBN : 9781647000660


San Francisco Year Zero

San Francisco Year Zero

In San Francisco Year Zero, San Francisco native Lincoln Mitchell deftly weaves together the personal and the political, tracing the city's current state back to three key events that all occurred in 1978: the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk occurring fewer than two weeks after the massacre of Peoples Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana, the explosion of the city's punk rock scene, and a breakthrough season for the San Francisco Giants.

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Genre : History
Author : Lincoln A. Mitchell
Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Release : 2019-11-07
Total Pages : 313 Pages
ISBN : 9781978807341


Music Usa

Music Usa

Describes the musical heritage of the United States and the development of styles such as jazz, rock, pop, country, folk, and blues

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Genre : Music
Author : Richie Unterberger
Publisher : Rough Guides
Release : 1999
Total Pages : 514 Pages
ISBN : 185828421X


Punk Record Labels And The Struggle For Autonomy

Punk Record Labels And The Struggle For Autonomy

This book describes the emergence of DIY punk record labels in the early 1980s. Based on interviews with sixty-one labels, including four in Spain and four in Canada, it describes the social background of those who run these labels. Using the ideas of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, this book shows how the field of record labels operates. The choice of independent or corporate distribution is a major dilemma. Other tensions are about signing bands to contracts, expectations of extensive touring, and use of professional promotion. There are often rivalries between big and small labels over bands that have become popular and have to decide whether to move to a more commercial record label.

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Genre : Business & Economics
Author : Alan O'Connor
Publisher : Lexington Books
Release : 2008
Total Pages : 162 Pages
ISBN : 0739126601


Art Of Engagement

Art Of Engagement

'Art of Engagement' focuses on the key role of California's art and artists in politics and culture since 1945. The book showcases many types of media, including photographs, found objects, drawings and prints, murals, painting, sculpture, ceramics, installations, performance art, and collage.

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Genre : Art
Author : Peter Selz
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release : 2005
Total Pages : 318 Pages
ISBN : 0520240537


Listen To Punk Rock Exploring A Musical Genre

Listen To Punk Rock Exploring A Musical Genre

Discusses the evolution of punk from its inception in 1975 to the present, delving into the lasting impact of the genre throughout society today. Listen to Punk Rock! provides readers with a fuller picture of punk rock as an inclusive genre with continuing relevance. Organized in a roughly chronological manner, it starts with an introduction that explains the musical and cultural forces that shaped the punk genre. Next, 50 entries cover important punk bands and subgenres, noting female punk bands as well as bands of color. The final part of the book discusses how punk has influenced other musical genres and popular culture. The book will give those new to the genre an overview of important bands and products related to the movement in music, including publications, fashion, and films about punk rock. Notably, it pays special attention to diversity within the genre, discussing bands often overlooked or mentioned only in passing in most histories of the movement, which focus mainly on The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones as the pioneers of punk. Provides a thorough overview of the evolution of punk music from 1975 to the present Covers bands composed of women and people of color that are frequently overlooked in other books Introduces readers to the breadth of the genre by including as many bands, musicians, and notable songs and albums as possible as entries Contextualizes punk music in the introduction to prime readers to explore entries in any order they choose

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Genre : Music
Author : June Michele Pulliam
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2021-04-30
Total Pages : 274 Pages
ISBN : 9781440865732