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1958 - Biafra born and raised in Boulder, CO , six blocks from the JonBenet Ramsey murder site. So far, he has not been named as a suspect.

November 1963 - JFK assassinated on a day Biafra remembers well. Biafra sees Oswald get shot live on the living room TV. (See last track, Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police)

Fall 1965 - Biafra hears rock and roll for the first time when his parents tune in a rock station by mistake. He is immediately hooked, and knows what he wants to be when he grows up.

1966 - Biafra encounters his first rock star. Bob Demmon, leader of the surf-garage legends The Astronauts , shows the second grade class his Alaskan malamute dog.(Bob's mother worked in the school office)

1966-68 - Biafra idolizes Batman villains while his classmates want to be baseball players, nurses and policemen.

1969-72 - The Vietnam war, Chicago 7 trial, Kent State massacre and the Denver smog problem convince Biafra that corrupt, violent governments and corporations should be fought, not trusted.

1970 - Fall of the Republic of Biafra - Ibo people's war for independence is crushed by the Nigerian army. With British and some American help, all Biafran food supplies had been cut off for months. Horrific, jarring images of skeletal Biafran children dying from hunger make "Biafra" the universal symbol of starvation and genocide until the Ethiopian famine 15 years later.

January, 1977 - Biafra sees the Ramones horrify an audience of the pre-yuppies he loathes at Ebbets Field night club in Denver. He decides there must be more to life than listening to Judas Priest and committing suicide. He roadies for the first Colorado punk band, The Ravers, who would later move to New York and become The Nails (of "88 lines About 44 Women" fame).

Fall, 1977 - Biafra enrolls in University of California at Santa Cruz , where he studies acting and history of Paraguay. After seeing very early gigs of The Saints and Wire , among others in London that summer, Biafra discovers that the early San Francisco punk scene (Avengers, Dils, Zeros, etc. ) is far more raw and primal than anything he has seen so far. Its epicenter is Mabuhay Gardens , an all ages venue run by Dirk Dirksen . Biafra leaves school after one quarter.

February 28, 1978 - Biafra returns to San Francisco after saving money doing laundry in a nursing home in Boulder, Colorado.

July 19, 1978 - Dead Kennedys live debut performance after rehearsing for one week. After first calling himself Occupant , Jello Biafra picks his name at random out of a notebook . Years later, he says he chose it because he "likes the way the two images collide in people's minds."

June 1979 - Dead Kennedys release first single, California Uber Alles on their own label, Alternative Tentacles . An east coast tour follows, almost unheard of in those days for a west coast underground band.

Compared to the primal pogo frenzy of the west coast, the scene there is almost comatose, largely due to the lack of all ages venues. Audiences expecting to sit quietly and clap find themselves showered with their own beer as their tables and chairs are knocked away. Max's Kansas City looks like a tornado went through it. At the Rat in Boston, MA, people line up as far away from the band as they can against the back wall but don't leave. This may be Biafra's favorite Dead Kennedys show of all time.

Fall 1979 - Biafra runs for mayor of San Francisco. He finishes fourth out of ten candidates with 6,591 votes, 3 1/2% of the total; helping force a run-off. Mayor Dianne Feinstein's supporters are aghast. (For the full story, see Biafra's third spoken word album,I Blow Minds for a Living.) Biafra also performs nude before 3000 Clash fans and an infuriated Bill Graham. DK never play for Bill Graham Presents again.

California Uber Alles is re-released in England on the hot label-of-the-moment Fast Product (Gang of Four, Mekons, Human League ). By sheer luck a band barely known in their own back yard is an overnight sensation in the U.K.


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  PUNK PARTY!!! with DJ Jello Biafra, DJ Penelope Houston (Avengers), and DJ Paul Costuros (Murder Murder) http://www.theknockoutsf.com
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  DJ Jello Biafra with DJ Sid Presley. 8pm-midnight $5 21+
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  DJ Jello Biafra's Incredibly Strange Dance Party!



"The Green Wedge"
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"excerpt from "The Big Ka-Boom""
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"Message To Our Sponsor"
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"Pledge Of Allegiance"
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"Die for Oil, Sucker (Higher Octane Version)"
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"I Was A Teenage Pacifist"
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"The Big Ka-Boom, Parts 2-69"
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"The Big Ka-Boom"
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"Propane and Propane Accessories"
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"Beat Around the Burning Bush"
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"Joey Ramone"
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"The Green Wedge"
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"Philadelphia Stories"
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"If You Like Tipper, You'll Love..."
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"Become The Media"
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List all available merchandise by Jello Biafra



1981 s/t
1987 No More Cocoons
1989 High Priest Of Harmful Matter
1989 The Power Of Lard
1989 Last Scream Of The Missing Neighbors
1990 The Last Temptation Of Reid
1991 The Sky Is Falling And I Want My Mommy
1991 s/t
1991 Take Me Back Or I'll Drown Our Dog
1991 Die For Oil, Sucker
1991 I Blow Minds For A Living
1992 Meathook Up My Rectum
1994 Prairie Home Invasion
1994 Beyond The Valley Of The Gift Police
1997 Pure Chewing Satisfaction
1998 If Evolution Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve
2000 70's Rock Must Die
2000 Less Rock, More Talk: A Spoken Word Compilation
2000 Live From The Battle in Seattle
2000 Ecstasy of the Agony
2001 Become The Media
2002 The Big Ka-Boom, Part One
2002 Apocalypse Always
2002 Mob Action Against The State
2002 Machine Gun In The Clown's Hand
2004 Never Breathe What You Can't See
2005 Sieg Howdy!
2006 Doot Doola Doot Doo... Doot Doo!
2006 Blowfly's Punk Rock Party
2006 In The Grip Of Official Treason
2007 Hee Haw Hell
2008 Jezebel / Speed Demon
2008 Let's Talk About Tact And Timing...
2009 That's So Gay
2009 Life In A Gay Rock Band
2009 Audacity Of Hype
2010 Terminal City Ricochet DVD & Soundtrack CD
2010 The Widower DVD & Soundtrack CD
2011 Jello Spoken Word Cassette Pack!
2011 Jello Collaborations Cassette Pack!
2011 Enhanced Methods of Questioning
2011 Ranters, Reformers & Raconteurs Volume 1
2012 Freaks In Love
2012 Shock-U-Py!
2013 White People And The Damage Done

Other Releases

2010 All Sewn Up - A Tribute To Patrik Fitzgerald
2013 Shut The Fuck Up And Listen! Vol. VI


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