Jello Biafra on Democracy Now!

We’re fans of Democracy Now! around here, and so is the former bandleader of Dead Kennedys, spoken word performer, head of Alternative Tentacles Records, political activitst, and all-around punk icon Jello Biafra. The man doesn’t pull any punches, neither in his art nor his appearances on Democracy Now!, which describes itself as “a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program” which is “pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S.”

The show has run speeches of Biafra’s before, but they had him on the show twice:

Biafra reported in his own style from a September 2004 protest at the Tennessee delegation to the Republican National Convention when they hosted an exclusive “celebration” of Johnny Cash at the auction house Sotheby’s. Jump to the 53:51 mark for the segment:

In August 2000 Biafra was one of the guests analyzing George W. Bush’s RNC presidential nomination speech. In this clip he comes in at the 24:47 mark:

Lately, Biafra has been playing music with the group Jello Biafra & The New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars.

Photo: Alternative Tentacles

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