FRIDAY, JULY 11  •  5pm-11pm

BOOK RELEASE EVENT AND EXHIBITION

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…

 

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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Feature in Juxtapoz

On April 15, 2014, in News, by chick

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.

 

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….

 

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





 
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