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Off the Shelf: Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: The Early Years

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: The Early YearsDead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables: The Early Years by Alex Ogg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A compact, thorough book that follows the DKs from their formation in the San Franciscan punk scene to the completion and touring of their album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. Ogg adds quotes from the DK members as well as notable people like Jennifer Egan who talk about how formative the band’s music was for them. (Which encourages me to try reading A Visit from the Goon Squad again.) The book is also filled out with plenty of photographs, collages and flyers created during this specific time in the DKs history, adding extra color to the oral history-like approach. A quick, cool read that at the very least makes me feel a little vindicated that I’m not the only one who thinks Biafra sings like an aggressively hyperactive Bryan Ferry.

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