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After doing sold-out and atten­dance smash­ing art shows world­wide, Shep­ard Fairey and Art Alliance have turned their atten­tion to Chicago. Assem­bling one of the largest art shows ever done, Art Alliance: The Provo­ca­teurs, fea­tures trail­blaz­ers of the art world such as Shep­ard Fairey, Swoon, HAZE, Space Invader, Dzine, Mark Moth­ers­baugh, FAILE, Ryan McGin­ness, Win­ston Smith, RETNA, Stan­ley Don­wood, Mon­ica Cani­lao, Clare Rojas, Este­van Oriol, Evan Hecox, Gary Pan­ter, Jen Stark, Camille Rose Gar­cia, Revok, Cleon Peter­son, D*Face, WK Inter­act and many others.

The show will be far more than a typ­i­cal exhi­bi­tion by com­bin­ing world class art with expe­ri­en­tial and inter­ac­tive com­po­nents such as: music, pub­lic art, panel dis­cus­sions, char­i­ties, local com­mu­nity inter­ests, and education.

In 2014, the Art Alliance: The Provo­ca­teurs exhi­bi­tion will take place dur­ing, and in part­ner­ship with, Lol­la­palooza, one of the largest music fes­ti­vals in the world, which draws hun­dreds of thou­sands of cul­tur­ally sophis­ti­cated and cre­atively curi­ous vis­i­tors to Chicago each sum­mer. The energy and vibrance of our selected visual artists par­al­lels that of the musi­cians who rock the fes­ti­val every year. Cross pol­li­nat­ing with the Fes­ti­val guar­an­tees that the art show will reach beyond the all-too-often nar­row audi­ence for art.

Addi­tion­ally, the exhibit will fea­ture live music and a Sat­ur­day night After­show to com­ple­ment the rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit of the art in The Provocateurs.

Click here for more info and to pur­chase tickets.


The Art and Allure of the Record Album

On July 13, 2014, in News, by chick

with Boing Boing and Noise Pop

Fri­day, July 18, 2014, 7–8:30 pm

Oak­land Museum of California



vinyl-records-2Decades after records were declared dead media by the main­stream, the vinyl revival has bro­ken through to pop­u­lar con­scious­ness. But for many musi­cians, visual artists, design­ers, and fans, vinyl’s vis­ceral power has never dis­ap­peared. In this ener­getic panel dis­cus­sion, pre­sented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Boing Boing and Noise Pop, Boing Boing edi­tor David Pescovitz and a panel of leg­ends from the worlds of art, design, and music will dis­cuss why we still yearn to put the nee­dle on the record.

Guests include:

Nick Harmer, bassist, Death Cab for Cutie

Win­ston Smith, leg­endary punk artist for Dead Kennedys, Green Day, and Alter­na­tive Tentacles

Lawrence Azer­rad, designer of iconic albums by Wilco, Miles Davis, and the Beach Boys


Enjoy mixed drinks and other bev­er­ages dur­ing the night at a spe­cial bar located in the Vinyl exhi­bi­tion dur­ing Fri­day Nights @ OMCA. Bev­er­ages will be for sale in the gallery from 5 to 9 pm.

Talk and Play, a pro­gram series in Vinyl: The Sound and Cul­ture of Records, fea­tures guest par­tic­i­pants from DJs to music jour­nal­ists, record col­lec­tors to exper­i­men­tal musi­cians. Talk, Play, and Sip stirs up the social atmos­phere with a bar located in the Gallery dur­ing select Fri­day Nights @ OMCA. With some­thing dif­fer­ent every week, you might find your­self swap­ping albums with col­lec­tors, learn­ing from an expert about the mechan­ics of press­ing an album, or lis­ten­ing to a spe­cially curated music set.

Included with Museum admis­sion. Dur­ing Fri­day Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admis­sion is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admis­sion for Mem­bers is always free.

More info at Oak­land Museum of California


DK Book Signing — Friday, August 1

On July 3, 2014, in News, by chick

CLOSING PARTY Fri­day, August 1st  •  5pm-11pm


Punk pho­tographs by Ruby Ray and Mon­tages by Win­ston Smith

IHeart­North­Beach Gallery at 641 Green Street

Win­ston and Ruby Ray will be sign­ing copies of the new book.


Check out the Brazil­ian promo for “Fresh Fruit for Rot­ting Veg­eta­bles” on PM Press…



US Release avail­able at PM Press

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rot­ting Veg­eta­bles, The Early Years

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

Avail­able on PM Press


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.


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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