Jello Biafra is a punk rock musician, political activist and owner of the Alternative Tentacles record label, best known for his time as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco's seminal punk band, Dead Kennedys. As a practical joke, Biafra entered the San Francisco mayoral election in 1979, and came in fourth out of ten candidates. He was a casualty in a right-wing U.S. cultural movement of the 1980s to censor adult content from recorded music and associated materials. Biafra was charged and exonerated in court on a charge of "Distribution of Harmful Matter to Minors", namely, an album containing a poster of "Penis Landscape" by H.R. Giger. The police raid on Biafra's home and his subsequent trial became an underlying theme of Biafra's public speeches and lyrics, the first case in American history where criminal charges were filed because of a record. He remains busy as a musician in numerous collaborations and as a spoken word artist, and continues to publish established and emerging talent. He appears with the bands Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Jello Biafra & the New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars, and on the IFC show Portlandia. Want a longer bio? Click here.
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