Dead Kennedys Paperback – 10 Sep 2014
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"In the sections where there is sufficient text and storyline to get one's teeth into, the pages just seem to turn themselves, which speaks volumes about Ogg's ability as a writer." --Mass Movement
About the Author
Alex Ogg is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the "Guardian" and the "Times."" "Heis the author of several musictitles, including "The Hip Hop Years: A History of Rap" and "No More Heroes: A Complete History of UK Punk from 1976 to 1980," and the coauthor of "The Art of Punk," which was named a 2012 book of the year by the "Independent." Ruby Ray is a former staff photographer for "Search & Destroy "magazine, for which she photographed acts such as Dead Kennedys, Devo, Flipper, the Sex Pistols, and X. Her work has been collected in "From the Edge of the World: California Punk, 1977 1981." She lives in San Francisco. Winston Smith is an artist known for his use of hand-carved collage. He first came to prominence through his collaborations with Dead Kennedys, for which he created numerous album covers, inserts, and flyers. He lives in San Francisco."
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A book that started out as a shelved interview for a long forgotten music magazine over two decades ago finally comes to fruition via independent publisher PM Press in the ‘States and we should be very happy that it did.
Anyone with even a passing interest in the DKs will know that the animosity between singer Jello Biafra and the rest of the band - guitarist East Bay Ray, bassist Klaus Fluoride and drummer Ted - has been at Defcon 5 since the royalties lawsuits of the late 90s, and exacerbated by numerous issues over song licensing and use of the band name ever since.
Ogg negotiates all these tribulations to deliver a fascinating insight into one of the most influential US punk bands via dozens of interviews with those who were there on the ground at the time, including the five founding members (Carlos Cadona aka 6025 was the bands temporary second guitarist).
With wildly contradictory takes on their own history, the author deftly lets the conflicting parties tell their story in their own words to deliver a funny, informative yet critical review of a band who really did make a difference to the punk landscape.
Lavishly illustrated with artwork by the band’s chief visualiser Winston Smith and with contemporary photographs by Ruby Ray this is an essential read for DK fans and a worthy celebration of a significant album. As the author says “If we can set aside the bickerfest… we can remember what a cool, funny, savage little record Fresh Fruit was.”
The author seems to have to hand each member a compliment or a negative in equal measure. Probably something that had to be done so the warring Kennedys agreed to the text.
It's a shame the book doesn't go beyond the one album. Surely there's a DK story beyond 1980? Maybe it's too messy looking for it?
Never mind, about time someone paid written respect to one of the great Punk bands.
Thank you Mr Ogg
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