Cont'd... But the singer added that the victory didn't come cheaply.
Since his arrest, the Dead Kennedys have disbanded, and Biafra's
marriage has ended. "I've been wearing Lenny Bruce's shoes for over a year,
and I don't think they fit very well," he said, referring to the late comic,
whose career tailspinned after several obscenity arrests. Biafra's legal fees
total more than $55,000.
Few members of the music community came to
Biafra's support; Frank Zappa, Steve Van Zandt and Paul
Kantner were the only high-profile rock artists to contribute to his
Van Zandt, the former E Street Band
guitarist who spearheaded 1985's "Sun City" antiapartheid project, described
the entire Biafra trial as "despicable" and said record companies are
contributing to a repressive atmosphere.
"Young artists are being pressured not to be
so controversial," said Van Zandt. "Although the controversy suposedly has to
do with sex or drugs or Satanism, it also extends to political issues. The
Jim Morrisons or the Jimi Hendrixes of the world, maybe they
wouldn't be signed now."
Despite dismissing all charges, the judge
warned that the legal issue "should be resolved in another case." Guarino
played down further porn-rock prosecution and said the pressing of criminal
charges against an album with lewd lyrics was "unlikely".