Jello Biafra has been injecting his brand of sardonic political and social criticism into American culture since the late ’70s. Biafra grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and moved to California in 1977, where he formed the legendary punk band the Dead Kennedys, started the Alternative Tentacles record label and ran for mayor of San Francisco. The DKs were at the epicenter of the ’80s hardcore-punk scene, one of the few places of outrageous counterculture in the Reagan era, producing punk classics like “Holiday in Cambodia,” “Let’s Lynch the Landlord” and “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.”
In 1986, Biafra was busted for “distributing harmful matter to minors,” a poster by painter H.R. Giger included with the Dead Kennedys’ Frankenchrist album. He beat the rap, but the band broke up before the trial. He continued to play music, collaborating with Mojo Nixon, the Vancouver punk band D.O.A. and with former Ministry lead singer Al Jourgenson in Lard. In the ’90s. Biafra…
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