Dead Kennedys: Alex Ogg, Winston Smith, Ruby Ray

DKsbook

Dead Kennedys:

Fresh Fruit for Rot­ting Veg­eta­bles, The Early Years

Author: Alex Ogg • Illus­tra­tions by Win­ston Smith • Pho­tographs by Ruby Ray

Pub­lisher: PM Press

Pub­lished: 06/14

For­mat: Paperback

Size: 9 x 6

Page Count: 224

Sub­jects: Music-Punk/Politics-Activism

 

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.

Praise:

We have a sense of humor and we’re not afraid to use it in a vicious way if we have to. In some ways, we’re cul­tural ter­ror­ists, using music instead of guns.“

—Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys

It was obvi­ous that the DKs weren’t just another band that was gonna come and go. They were some­thing spe­cial. Biafra was an absolute tal­ent. And he had a band behind him that were tight and good.“

—Howie Klein, con­cert pro­moter, disc jockey, and record label executive

One day, this kid from my social stud­ies class brought in a cas­sette tape of The Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rot­ting Veg­eta­bles and I lis­tened to it and my life was changed completely.“

—Adam Gierasch, film director

One of my favorite rock ’n’ roll mem­o­ries is of an after-party dur­ing the DKs’ first visit to Seat­tle. Rec­og­nize that bands like this for me—these actual guys being at a party in the same house that I was in—was like being in the pres­ence of Led Zep­pelin or Kiss.“

—Duff McK­a­gan of Guns ’n’ Roses

My edu­ca­tion was punk rock—what the Dead Kennedys said … It was attack­ing Amer­ica, but it was Amer­i­can at the same time.“

—Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong of Green Day

 

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Feature in Juxtapoz

All year long, Jux­tapoz is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th Anniver­sary by show­cas­ing the piv­otal fig­ures in con­tem­po­rary art over the past two decades. Some artists are blue chip, some are under­ground heroes, oth­ers are behind-the-scenes legends.

Win­ston opens his San Fran­cisco stu­dio for this spe­cial May 2014 issue. On sale now.

 

Juxtapoz

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May 2014 also includes

—A ret­ro­spec­tive inter­view with one of the Mis­sion School’s most beloved artists, Chris Johanson.

—Catch­ing up at the Boston ICA with Soundsuit-pioneer, Nick Cave.

—Jux­tapoz stops by Win­nie Truong’s Toronto stu­dio to see her newest works.

—Ryan de la Hoz teaches us about col­lage and abstraction.

—Jux­tapoz gives a full recap of Jux­tapoz Projects dur­ing SXSW.

—Robert Williams remem­bers his friend, Mike Kelley.

—Thomas Prior con­tin­ues to be one of the great pho­tog­ra­phers of our time

AND MORE….

Greetings from Oblivion — Originals »»Pricing

Thanks to all who attended the 30th year anniver­sary of 1984 with us.  We had a won­der­ful turnout with many of our favorite folks from near and far.

For those who couldn’t make it, or missed pur­chas­ing orig­i­nal art, we decided to offer them online.

These pieces are all orig­i­nal col­lage, unframed.  Sizes are approximate.

So… with­out fur­ther ado…

Greetings-Oblivion.500

Greet­ings from Obliv­ion  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00

 




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Greetings-Pathos.500

Greet­ings from Pathos  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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 Greetings-Tedium.500

Greet­ings from Pathos  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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Greetings-Futility.500

Greet­ings from Pathos  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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Greetings-Heartbreak.500

Greet­ings from Heart­break  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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Greetings-Irrelevance.500

Greet­ings from Irrel­e­vance  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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Greetings-Delirium.500

Greet­ings from Delir­ium  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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Greetings-Despair.500

Greet­ings from Despair  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11“x8.5″

350.00




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Bedlam-Idol.500

Bed­lam Idol  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

250.00

 




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Sg-Peppers.500

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Crowd Club  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

350.00




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We-All.500

We All have our Cross to Bare  © Win­ston Smith 2014

11″ x 8.5″

350.00





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Triple-Vision.500

Triple Vision  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

350.00




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The-Tempest.500

The Tem­pest  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

300.00




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L'Alva.500

L’Alva  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

300.00




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 The-Firmament.500

The Fir­ma­ment  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

300.00




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Bit-God.500

Bit God  © Win­ston Smith 2014

8.5″ x 11″

350.00





Greetings from Oblivion — This Friday

Play»

The 30th Year Anniver­sary of 1984

 

1984_flyer2014_v4

 

Atten­tion All Inner Party Members!

Pre­pare to Attend the Spon­ta­neous Demon­stra­tion in Cel­e­bra­tion of

Airstrip One’s 6th Five-Year Plan.

 

Pro­ceed­ings will com­mence at

19,00 hours (7pm-10pm)

in the Prole Quar­ter of North Beach at the

Chest­nut Tree Café located at

Grant’s Tomb Gallery in San Francisco.

Only Offi­cially Sanc­tioned Art­work will be on Dis­play from

the Min­istry of Truth

(Pro­duced and Curated by Inner Party Mem­ber 6079/Smith, W.)

 

Pro­le­tar­ian Prices.  Inner Party Art.   Non Com­pli­ance is Thoughtcrime.

Oblig­a­tory Two Min­utes Hate and optional Vic­tory Gin.

Long Live Big Brother.

 

Big-Brother.yellow

 

War is Profit.

Work is Slavery.

Igno­rance is Bliss.

 

2+2=5

Get Over It.

 

Crossed-Arms

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Spon­sored by The Col­lage Museum of San Fran­cisco.

 

 

April-4

 

Grant’s Tomb Gallery is located at

50A Ban­nam Alley in North Beach

Click Here for a Map

Greetings from Oblivion

Play»

The 30th Year Anniver­sary of 1984

 

Big-Brother.yellow

 

Atten­tion All Inner Party Members!

Pre­pare to Attend the Spon­ta­neous Demon­stra­tion in Cel­e­bra­tion of

Airstrip One’s 6th Five-Year Plan.

 

Pro­ceed­ings will com­mence at

19,00 hours (7pm-10pm)

in the Prole Quar­ter of North Beach at the

Chest­nut Tree Café located at

Grant’s Tomb Gallery in San Francisco.

Only Offi­cially Sanc­tioned Art­work will be on Dis­play from

the Min­istry of Truth

(Pro­duced and Curated by Inner Party Mem­ber 6079/Smith, W.)

 

Pro­le­tar­ian Prices.  Inner Party Art.   Non Com­pli­ance is Thoughtcrime.

Oblig­a­tory Two Min­utes Hate and optional Vic­tory Gin.

Long Live Big Brother.

 

War is Profit.

Work is Slavery.

Igno­rance is Bliss.

 

2+2=5

Get Over It.

 

Crossed-Arms

Play»

 

 

April-4

 

Grant’s Tomb Gallery is located at

50A Ban­nam Alley in North Beach

Click Here for a Map

 

Give the Gift of Collage this Season

Check out the new store!

We are excited to offer 8“x10” prints mounted right onto bamboo.

Ready to hang.  Beau­ti­ful and convenient.

 

amboo-Samples

Also, new to the store — metal prints!   Dyes are infused directly into alu­minum, caus­ing the images to take on a lumi­nes­cence with vibrant col­ors and detail. Comes ready to hang with back frame.

And don’t for­get the 12“x18” prints.  These are lim­ited edi­tion and make great gifts for art lovers and collectors.

Check back in occa­sion­ally.  We will be adding new items every­day for the next 7 days.

 

Happy shop­ping!

 

Red Door Studio

Fine Prints and More by Win­ston Smith

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Rude, Glued & Screwed

Open­ing Exhi­bi­tion Cel­e­brat­ing the Launch­ing of the

Col­lage Museum of San Francisco

Curated by Win­ston Smith

 

René Apal­lec  •  Peter Lewis  •  Francesca Berrini

Win­ston Smith  •  Erik Chipchase  •  Casey Lewis

 

Saint Francis Preaching to the Appliances

Fri­day, Novem­ber 22nd  •  7pm-10pm  •  Free Admission

 

Grant’s Tomb Crypt

50-A Ban­nam Place, San Fran­cisco  CA 94133
(Near the cor­ner of Union Street and Grant Avenue in North Beach)
Click here for a map.

 

About the show and museum:
 
With this new group exhi­bi­tion at Grant’s Tomb Gallery we cel­e­brate the launch of The Col­lage Museum of San Fran­cisco.  Our vision with this new endeavor is to show­case local, national and inter­na­tional artists who work in the medium of col­lage, photo-montage, assem­blage and related disciplines.
 
There is a long and col­or­ful 200 year his­tory of artists and cre­ative indi­vid­u­als work­ing in this field from the early 19th cen­tury and through­out the 20th cen­tury as well as an explo­sion of collage-based artistry in these first decades of the 21st century.
 
The Col­lage Museum of San Fran­cisco will serve to spot­light these artists’ works and to offer a resource for the artis­tic com­mu­nity that may let us explore the lim­it­less visions of cre­ative imag­i­na­tion and encour­age and expand the Art of Collage.

 

About the Artists:

 

René Apal­lec

Broken Face

The works of the late René Apal­lec will be dis­played for the first time in the United States.  Mys­te­ri­ous and obscure, his com­po­si­tions call out to us from a long van­ished world that has since been swept away by the tumul­tuous era of the Great War.  Come and explore this rare glimpse into the mind of a lost and for­got­ten artis­tic genius.

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Peter Lewis

Hats off to Londonium

Peter Lewis has been cre­at­ing his tech­ni­color dream­scapes for sev­eral years from his fabled Pacific “Island King­dom” (New Zealand).  His aston­ish­ing com­po­si­tions are like a psy­che­delic bar­ber mir­ror that expands end­lessly into infin­ity.  Buckle up for this wild ride and pre­pare to revel in his unique vision.

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Francesca Berrini

Run_from_JesusWW

Francesca Berrini is a skilled and accom­plished artist who’s work resem­bles a head-on col­li­sion between for­lorn bible sto­ries and the slightly off-kilter world of gram­mar school text books.  Dinosaurs frolic with beloved bib­li­cal per­son­ages.  Enor­mous insects covert with Dick and Jane.  Pro­to­zoa are soothed and cod­dled by famous his­tor­i­cal char­ac­ters.  Inspired (if slightly twisted) fun for the whole family.

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Win­ston Smith

The Gospel According to Accordians

Win­ston Smith’s so-called “art” has defaced the cov­ers of count­less low-life punk bands from Dead Kennedys to D.O.A. to Green Day.  Through­out the last three and a half decades Win­ston has pur­sued a sin­gu­lar vision of artis­tic chaos and sub­lime imagery.  His com­po­si­tions range from the elu­sive to the stark.  View at your own risk.

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Erik Chipchase — Mer­ce­nary Graphics

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From our pre­mier show to this new exhi­bi­tion our spe­cial guest artist Erik Chipchase has been respon­si­ble for a num­ber of iconic posters for events at Grant’s Tomb.  Erik’s clas­sic graphic style is a unique blend of Pro­le­tar­ian Deco and Retro-Chic.

His con­tri­bu­tions for the launch of the Col­lage Museum of San Fran­cisco are wel­comed and appre­ci­ated.  Come cel­e­brate the dawn­ing of a new error!

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Casey Lewis

Casey Lewis has been work­ing with sev­eral art medi­ums for the past 35 years from stained glass to his true pas­sion, col­lage. With a heavy Dada influ­ence Casey has incor­po­rated fluid shapes and bold col­ors into his work. A true trip through abstract Jazz put to paper.

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For more infor­ma­tion on The Col­lage Museum of San Fran­cisco, visit:

www.CollageMuseumSF.com