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Punk Art Pioneers: Cool Documentary On The Art Of The Dead Kennedys
June 29, 2013
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Chaotic, surreal, shocking, subversive, funny: a lot of the artwork that's associated with punk music is as anarchic as the tunes themselves.

This documentary - part of The Art of Punk, a video series from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles' YouTube channel, MOCAtv - digs into the artwork of punk legends the Dead Kennedys.

It features interviews with some of the artists that helped create the band's visual esthetic, as well as members of the band.

"From the very beginning, punk's visual art was deliberately simple, DIY, anybody could make it if you had a demented enough mind," says Jello Biafra. "All it took was scissors or a razor blade and some glue."

Collage artist Winston Smith created the Dead Kennedys' logo, and worked with founding member Biafra to craft a lot of the band's album artwork.

"Collage has a certain impact because taking images from diverse sources shocks the mind, because we're used to seeing things in context," he says.

As for the famous logo, Biafra says he asked Smith to create something simple enough that it could be turned into graffiti. After lots of attempts, here's what he came up with:

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The Dead Kennedys official logo (Image: MOCAtv)

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Smith sketches the logo by hand (Image: MOCAtv)

Biafra was in the red chair a couple of years back. Check out that interview below:



The Art of Punk series is directed and executive produced by Bryan Ray Turcotte (Kill Your Idols) and Bo Bushnell (The Western Empire).

Via PunkNews.org

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THE BIO: Jello Biafra

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