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Jello Biafra

Free Speech Activist -- Founder of the Dead Kennedys

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Jello Biafra Biography

Engaging and thought provoking, the ranting and intelligent Jello Biafra questions everything that is held sacred. During an average presentation, he will cover censorship, the legalization of drugs for taxable profit and social responsibility, government follies and mistruths, educational overhaul, and why he isn't nostalgic about punk rock's "glory days."

Challenging what you might have thought you held unquestioned and dear to your heart, he takes those beliefs and tears them up, forcing you to rebuild them from scratch.

Born Eric Boucher in Boulder, Colorado, he left town after high school. First, he did what many youth do—he formed a band. He became the leader and vocalist of Dead Kennedys, a pioneering punk rock band featuring smart, political lyrics with furious music.

After first calling himself Occupant, Jello Biafra picked his name at random out of a notebook. Years later, he said he chose it because he "likes the way the two images collide in people's minds."

Jello's controversial spirit raged on as he turned toward social commentary, and ran for mayor of San Francisco in 1979. While he did not win, he became a magnet for the vote of those dissatisfied with the leading candidates. During his campaign he never lost his sense of humor, wearing T-shirts from an opponent’s previous campaign, and vacuuming leaves off another opponent’s front lawn. With 6,591votes, he finished fourth out of ten candidates, with 3.5% of the total vote.

Biafra ranks as the first musician to be put on trial, because of the content of a record album (in 1985, three years before 2 Live Crew). The Frankenchrist album released with his group, Dead Kennedys, contained in its original release a reproduction of a painting by Swiss artist H.R. Geiger. Obscenity charges followed, under the urging of Tipper Gore and the Parent's Music Resource Center, after a woman spotted the record in her daughter's collection.

It was because of this painting that Jello's house in San Francisco was raided and torn apart by a squad of Los Angeles and San Francisco police officers. Former L.A. deputy city attorney Michael Guarino, regrets the episode. Stating, "about midway through the trial we realized that the lyrics of the album were in many ways socially responsible, very anti-drug and pro-individual."

Biafra practices what he preaches by recording albums of his spoken-word pieces on his own record label, Alternative Tentacles. As a devoted advocate of free speech, artistic freedom, and just plain getting your ideas out in the open, he created A.T. as a means for out-of-the-mainstream artists to record and distribute their work.

If Evolution is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve, is a triple-CD opus which takes on the topics of the media and the Clintons, censorship, and the death-penalty appeal case of journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

His album, entitled Become the Media deals with the rise of independent media. Biafra was involved in the Seattle protests of the WTO. He recorded a music EP under the moniker "No WTO Combo" with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana).

At a past spoken-word show, he said, "One of the worst forms of censorship is what people are not being told." His live performances take that idea head-on, with Biafra weighing in on the entire spectrum of social, political, and artistic topics.

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    Booking fees for Jello Biafra, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jello Biafra, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jello Biafra for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jello Biafra for your next private or corporate function.
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Free Speech Activist -- Founder of the Dead Kennedys

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Jello Biafra Biography

Engaging and thought provoking, the ranting and intelligent Jello Biafra questions everything that is held sacred. During an average presentation, he will cover censorship, the legalization of drugs for taxable profit and social responsibility, government follies and mistruths, educational overhaul, and why he isn't nostalgic about punk rock's "glory days."

Challenging what you might have thought you held unquestioned and dear to your heart, he takes those beliefs and tears them up, forcing you to rebuild them from scratch.

Born Eric Boucher in Boulder, Colorado, he left town after high school. First, he did what many youth do—he formed a band. He became the leader and vocalist of Dead Kennedys, a pioneering punk rock band featuring smart, political lyrics with furious music.

After first calling himself Occupant, Jello Biafra picked his name at random out of a notebook. Years later, he said he chose it because he "likes the way the two images collide in people's minds."

Jello's controversial spirit raged on as he turned toward social commentary, and ran for mayor of San Francisco in 1979. While he did not win, he became a magnet for the vote of those dissatisfied with the leading candidates. During his campaign he never lost his sense of humor, wearing T-shirts from an opponent’s previous campaign, and vacuuming leaves off another opponent’s front lawn. With 6,591votes, he finished fourth out of ten candidates, with 3.5% of the total vote.

Biafra ranks as the first musician to be put on trial, because of the content of a record album (in 1985, three years before 2 Live Crew). The Frankenchrist album released with his group, Dead Kennedys, contained in its original release a reproduction of a painting by Swiss artist H.R. Geiger. Obscenity charges followed, under the urging of Tipper Gore and the Parent's Music Resource Center, after a woman spotted the record in her daughter's collection.

It was because of this painting that Jello's house in San Francisco was raided and torn apart by a squad of Los Angeles and San Francisco police officers. Former L.A. deputy city attorney Michael Guarino, regrets the episode. Stating, "about midway through the trial we realized that the lyrics of the album were in many ways socially responsible, very anti-drug and pro-individual."

Biafra practices what he preaches by recording albums of his spoken-word pieces on his own record label, Alternative Tentacles. As a devoted advocate of free speech, artistic freedom, and just plain getting your ideas out in the open, he created A.T. as a means for out-of-the-mainstream artists to record and distribute their work.

If Evolution is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve, is a triple-CD opus which takes on the topics of the media and the Clintons, censorship, and the death-penalty appeal case of journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

His album, entitled Become the Media deals with the rise of independent media. Biafra was involved in the Seattle protests of the WTO. He recorded a music EP under the moniker "No WTO Combo" with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) and Krist Novoselic (Nirvana).

At a past spoken-word show, he said, "One of the worst forms of censorship is what people are not being told." His live performances take that idea head-on, with Biafra weighing in on the entire spectrum of social, political, and artistic topics.

FAQs on booking Jello Biafra

  • How to book Jello Biafra?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jello Biafra for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jello Biafra, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jello Biafra or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jello Biafra?

    Booking fees for Jello Biafra, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jello Biafra, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jello Biafra?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jello Biafra for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jello Biafra for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jello Biafra or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jello Biafra or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jello Biafra is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jello Biafra for your event is available upon request. Jello Biafra generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Chaz Bono, Spike Lee, Carson Kressley, Erin Brockovich and Ed Begley Jr.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jello Biafra for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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