Jello Biafra [Spoken Words]

Jello Biafra [Spoken Words]

Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958), more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra, is an American musician, spoken word artist and leading figure of the Green Party. His stage name is a combination of the brand name Jell-O and the name of the short lived country of Biafra which attempted to secede from Nigeria in 1966. After four years of fighting and horrific starvation in Biafra, Nigeria regained control of the nascent Biafran state. Jello Biafra created his name as an ironic combination of a nutritionally poor mass-produced food product and massstarvation. He said he likes how two ideas clash in people's minds. Biafra first gained attention as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

After his time with the band concluded, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, founded in 1979 by him and Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray. Although now primarily focused on spoken word art, he has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations.

Politically, Jello is a member of the Green Party and actively supports leftist political causes. Biafra ran for the party's Presidential nomination in 2000, finishing second to Ralph Nader. He is a self-identified anarchist who advocates civil disobedience, direct action, culture jamming, and pranksterism in the name of political causes. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics in the tradition of the Yippies to highlight issues of civil rights, social justice, economic populism, boosterism, anti-corporatism, peace movements, anti-consumerism, environmentalism, anti-globalization, universal health care, LGBT rights, anti-capitalism, abortion access, feminism, and the separation of church and state.

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[Spoken Words Albums]

1987 - No More Cocoons Part1/Part2
1989 - High Priest of Harmful Matter: Tales from the Trial Part1/Part2
1991 - I Blow Minds for a Living
1994 - Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police Part1/Part2
1998 - If Evolution Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Evolve Part1/Part2
2000 - Become the Media Part1/Part2
2002 - The Big Ka-Boom, Part One
2002 - Machine Gun in the Clown's Hand Part1/Part2
2006 - In the Grip of Official Treason Part1/Part2/Part3/Part4
2009 - Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine - The Audacity Of Hype

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