Dead Kennedys: The Early Years book



Very cool new book from the same press that brought us recent books about Black Flag and Crass. I haven't had a chance to read the whole thing yet (though I definitely will!), but this book seems to concentrate very narrowly on the formation of the Dead Kennedys up through the recording of the Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables album. In addition to what seems to be a fairly typical biographical approach to the making of the album, you also get a ton of illustrations, including a bunch of photos I've never seen before and a ton of vintage Winston Smith artwork. Here's hoping that this is just the first in a series and Alex Ogg goes through and covers the DK's entire career, as I bet that would be quite an interesting window into how punk itself changed from the late 70s through the mid-80s.

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