Punk pho­tographs by Ruby Ray and

Mon­tages by Win­ston Smith

 

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

 

DKsbook

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.

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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Boing Boing & Noise Pop Vinyl Event

On June 14, 2014, in News, by chick

The Art and Allure of the Record Album with

Boing Boing and Noise Pop

Fri­day, July 18, 2014, 7–8:30 pm

Oak­land Museum of California

Posted on Boing Boing by David Pescovitz on July 22nd, 2014

On Fri­day, Boing Boing and Noise Pop were thrilled to cel­e­brate The Art and Allure of the Record Album at the Oak­land Museum of Cal­i­for­nia!  Nearly 200 peo­ple packed the museum’s gallery to hear Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, Wilco designer Lawrence Azer­rad, and Dead Kennedys / Alter­na­tive Ten­ta­cles artist Win­ston Smith talk about their love for vinyl dur­ing a panel mod­er­ated by Boing Boing’s David Pescovitz.  This pro­gram was part of the ongo­ing exhi­bi­tion Vinyl: The Sound and Cul­ture of Records, about the social and cul­tural phe­nom­e­non of lis­ten­ing to, col­lec­tion, and shar­ing records.

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L to R: David Pescovitz, Lawrence Azer­rad, Nick Harmer, Win­ston Smith

 

We were treated to deli­cious adult bev­er­ages pro­vided by our bev­er­age spon­sor Dis­tillery No. 209 and lis­tened to fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries from these icons of music, art and design.  Here are few of Jason Weisberger’s snap­shots from the event.  Keep your eyes (and ears) open for future Boing Boing and Noise Pop events at the inter­sec­tion of music, art, cul­ture, and technology!

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Deep grat­i­tude to Audeze, mak­ers of hand­crafted head­phones that pro­vide an ulti­mate lis­ten­ing expe­ri­ence, com­mu­ni­ca­tion music’s emo­tional impact directly into your soul.

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SHEPARD FAIREY WILL CURATE A MASSIVE ART SHOW DURING LOLLAPALOOZA

 

Art-Alliance

As reported by Complex.com:

 

The ros­ter has been announced and you are already plan­ning your out­fits and trans­porta­tion to Lol­la­palooza this sum­mer, but you may want to rework your sched­ule after read­ing this news. Shep­ard Fairey has announced that he will be curat­ing an art show to coin­cide with the events of the music fes­ti­val, and accord­ing to the Chicago Tri­bune, it’s going to be a big one.

 

Enti­tled “Art Alliance: The Provo­ca­teurs,” the show will fea­ture the work of street artists as well as illus­tra­tors and poster artists and will be held inside a 25,000-square-foot build­ing. Futura 2000, Eric Haze, Invader, Mark Moth­ers­baugh, Gary Pan­ter, Ryan McGin­ness, Dzine, Win­ston Smith, Camille Rose Gar­cia, FAILE and RETNA have all been con­firmed for the show with oth­ers to be announced in the near future. “A lot of the cre­atives we bring in and a lot of the audi­ence who comes in, they’re thirsty for more cul­tural stuff,” says Char­lie Walker, co-founder of the C3 com­pany that pro­motes Lol­la­palooza and a mar­ket­ing part­ner in the Art Alliance show. “They want other things to do while they’re in town, and we’d like to diversify

—   it’s just a nat­ural fit.”

 

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Lollapalooza

 
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