06/18/03: Jello Celebrates 45th Birthday
Jello Biafra celebrated his 45th birthday yesterday at a BBQ party thrown in his honor. It was a small gathering of friends and Alternative Tentacles employees (current & former) at someone's house in Berkeley, CA. One surprise was the accordion player who was invited who played a bunch of Dead Kennedys' songs off of Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables as well as some Devo songs along with the obligatory Happy Birthday To You.
05/30/03: DK vs. Biafra Appeal
The case of Jello Biafra vs. Dead Kennedys was back in court again today. As you may recall, Biafra filed an appeal against the outcome of the trial, which gave their rogue corporation, Decay Music, total control of Dead Kennedys' catalog. This is the decision that stripped AT of any rights to sell DK's albums and shut Jello out of any say in DK matters. Today, in San Francisco Superior Court, after two years of stalling and delays by the other side, three appellate judges listened to oral arguments in the appeal. We are now awaiting their verdict, which we are told could take days, weeks, or possibly even months.
05/05/03: Jello Invited To Speak at Kent Sate Anniversary
Jello was honored to have been asked to speak at the annual May 4th
commemorative event at Kent State. Other speakers included
Dr. Ronald Manson (the president of Jackson State University, where
other students where killed on May 4, 1970), as well as Kerry
Kennedy-Cuomo, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.
Here are excerpts from someone who was in attendance there :
"...While we are getting ready to leave to make our way over to the Kiva Center, someone comes into the restaurant to say that the cops have blocked off the university, no one is allowed into the campus by car or foot.
We go back to the hotel and begin disguising ourselves as respectable citizens (ie, we take off our clothing that the police could possibly react negatively to - such as a No Blood For Oil t-shirt and a John Yates shirt). We all pile into a minivan, I pull out my videocamera should it be necessary. The drivers find a way through the residential area surrounding the campus and get us in a back way. Traffic through the campus is being monitored too. We walk into the center without a confrontation. ...............
Just as things are getting set up though, the kids who have been standing outside, waiting for things to start, get shooed off by cops in riot gear. These are the cops that just arrested 30 people who were part of the rally. One was carted off for beating on a plastic bucket, using it for a drum. Another woman in her fifties was thrown into the police van, her head hit a window and cracked it and she was charged with destruction of police property.
I am walking towards the doors to let people know the show is about to start and I see them all running away. I run out the door shouting, "Come inside! They can't get you if you are in here! Protect your Freedom of Expression!" A few kids turned around and came in. The rest were gone. The small auditorium had a lot of empty seats.
Someone (I can't remember his name) got up on the stage and told of his experiences at Kent. He was a student when the shootings took place. He was reading his First Amendment Rights when he was arrested and taken to jail. As he was telling his story about a dozen police in riot gear came into the building. They stood along the back wall, behind all the seating. The guy kept talking, telling his story, trying to keep the audience calm. I took out my videocamera and filmed them.
Then Jello started his program with :
"We interrupt this program...."....
The audience went wild, really loving this, especially when he took off his robe and revealed the cop shirt.
The show went on without incident. Jello spoke for his entire 4 1/2 hours (he gave them a short break). There was a collection taken for the people arrested. About $155 was collected for bail money. One of the people arrested (the drummer) came back to the auditorium and thanked everyone for gathering the money and let us know they were out and doing okay.
03/28/03: Jello Sampled On New Anti-War Single
For you Jello fans out there, there is a new anti-war single that was just released in the U.K. Jello is sampled on one track where he does his George W. Bush impressions. The ep is called SALT In The Wound and it will be coming out on Jungle Records. We have ordered some and hope to have them available for sale on our website the second they arrive.
Here is a bit more about it :
We have assembled an Alliance of Alternative Artists for a Triple AAA side single for the protest vote. There's CARPET BOMBERS FOR PEACE with special guests Jello Biafra (sampled) as The Cowboy President From Hell, & poet Lemn Sissay with a host of musicians singing Allah Save Queens.
Another track is from Australian anti-war campaigners CHANGE produced by CRASS, with their song We want a Ceasefire.They along with the majority of Aussies are not happy with John Howard and his support for Bush.
And long established activist punk band CONFLICT who contribute a suitable tirade in their new track A Gaping Hole.
All the artists are well-known for campaigning against establishment hypocrisy. All profits will go to the Stop The War coalition.
03/27/03: Jello's University of Puget Sound Show Cancelled
Jello unfortunately had to cancel his performance at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA on Thursday, March 27.
Jello had been scheduled to fly on an Alaskan Airlines flight which was cancelled. He then found another flight yet from a different airport in L.A. (where he had performed the night before at the Henry Fonda Theater) So, he had to take a taxi to the other airport and the taxi driver got lost, and hence Jello missed that flight.