Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) now a mountaineer

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hellroaring

Trad climber
San Francisco
Aug 30, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
One xmas years ago I pissed my mom off bad when my little brother opened his gift from me. It was a DK's "too drunk to f*#k" T shirt. She was really mad, hell it's what he wanted for xmas.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Aug 30, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
I pissed my Mom off once by wearing the infamous Red Hot Chili Peppers shirt (socks & cocks) on Christmas morning. I was just trying to get a reaction. It worked.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Aug 30, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
I almost gave my mom a heart attack when I got my first mohawk, and I wasn't even wearing it "up."
weezy

climber
Aug 30, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
i just love how he's wearing a Brujeria cap. lol.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Aug 30, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Roots, your story made my day! LOL
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Aug 31, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Very interesting story about his sister. Another one of the early punk singers ,now a folk and punk singer Penelope Huston, has a brother who is a mountain guide in Washington. And lets not forget Fritz Fox of the Mutants. Still skies with a couple of replace hips.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Aug 31, 2013 - 03:07am PT
but does he appreciate the gold crown..?


LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Sep 2, 2013 - 10:18am PT
So what's next? Johnny Rotten slacklining in his PIL PJs?!

Then, again, perhaps not..."Iím no oneís lap dog, you canít put me on a leash."

Thanks, all, for bringing back some hilarious memories.
Mr Roy

climber
Seattle
Sep 2, 2013 - 12:59pm PT


http://www.soundconvictions.com/blog/bid/216858/Unjailed-members-of-Pussy-Riot-still-fighting-the-good-fight-safely
Loomis

climber
Svět
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 2, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
Fučk Yeah Roy! Thanks for posting the Pussy Riot video and link.
Scott
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 8, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Here's Jello's retort on the civil case brought about by his former band members from the DK's.

During the argument over Who's more punk and who should get paid, Biafra suffered a severe beating at the hands of someone screaming that he was just a "rich rock star".

Politics are always local it seems...

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Holiday in Cambodia for a Levi's commercial...? Sounds desperate...!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
It was a great argument. A bunch of musicians fighting over what in real life, amounted to a case of the Clap and who got it first.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
I'd pick Jello as he seems to have the creative instinct inspite of the lidacain lisp but his band had something going for them also....?
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
OK, but as in building, are builders architects ?

Music has a big emotional side that makes players feel like they are equally deserving in the value of what composers write for them to play.

That's not how it goes in every other field of endeavour that involves making money.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 8, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
Some builders are architects..Maybe you meant to say designers...? I get what you are saying Jim..RJ
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:16am PT
The band Neurosis sued Jello first which lead to the lawsuit from the other members of the Dead Kennedys. Here is what Scott Kelly from Neurosis has to say about Jello.
What happened with AT?

Alternative Tentacles ripped us off. Thatís the simple version. They cooked the books and we called them on it. They accused us of all sorts of things and being greedy. And it was only about $3000!

It was basically an honor thing. There was no honor there. I donít know what to say about it except that I was proud to be on the label when they approached us to do us records. We held them in high regard and it couldnít be further from that now.

Label head Jello Biafra (former singer of the Dead Kennedys) also lost a lawsuit filed by his former band mates essentially claiming heíd been withholding royalties on the back catalog.

They won in court because they were correct. If he would rip us off for a small amount of money then heíd go after them for huge amount of money. When is the last time he had to punch a clock or worry about rent? He doesnít. Who lives in a house on the hill? He does. I live in a trailer in the woods. I have a day job and always have. What he did to his fellow band mates is all there in black and white.


Full article if you are a Neurosis fanhttp://www.hellbound.ca/2010/09/scott-kelly-of-neurosis-the-hellbound-interview/

Jello is an ego maniac. I have stood within ear shot of him at dozens of Bay Area shows in the past twenty years and heard him tell numerous people the old "do you know who I am?" line.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Tornado...sounds like typical narcissistic behavior...me , me , me...
QITNL

climber
Sep 9, 2013 - 01:59am PT
Hey Jim - In music, songwriting credits are pretty well defined. They weren't the basis of the dispute between Jello & the other DKs. There's another bundle of rights attached to the sound recordings. That's what they were fighting about. Both fall under copyright law. I could explain more if you wanted me to. Most creative businesses play by similar sets of rules.

Here's a fairly accurate and succinct account of what went down. I know the racket & the writer & a number of the people in the article but I don't really have any side. I could list everything they did wrong - the perfect storm:

http://www.researchpubs.com/interviews/ex-dead-kennedys-vs-jello-biafra/

And if you want to read even more details:
http://www.phillaw.com/casepdfs/Dead%20Kennedys%20Superior%20Court.pdf

The two issues central to this decision were the nature of their partnership (or lack thereof) and the fact that litigation is a total crap shoot, you never want to go there. Juries never understand copyright; few judges, either. Add to that: Jello didn't do himself any favors in the courtroom.

By the way, did we figure out the ski lift where that shot was taken?
tornado

climber
lawrence kansas
Sep 9, 2013 - 02:05am PT
Here's what East Bay Ray (the guitarist) has to say around the 2:30 minute mark.

quite the calm, intelligent, collected individual.

Here's Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols opinion of Jello around the 7:00 mark
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