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Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra
Jello Biafra at Fusion Festival 2010
Personal information
Birth nameEric Reed Boucher
Also known asOccupant, Count Ringworm, Osama McDonald, J Lo
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
GenresPunk rock, spoken word
OccupationMusician, speaker, record label director, Green Party politician
Years active1976 present
LabelsAlternative Tentacles
Associated actsDead Kennedys, The Melvins, No WTO Combo, D.O.A., Lard, Al Jourgensen, Pennywise, The Offspring, Nomeansno, Sepultura, Tool, Revolting Cocks, Napalm Death, Mojo Nixon, 1000 Homo DJs, Métal Urbain, Body Count, Tumor Circus, Butthole Surfers, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

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Jello Biafra (born Eric Reed Boucher; June 17, 1958) is an American musician, spoken word artist and leading figure of the Green Party of the United States. 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, which he had co-founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray. Although now focused primarily on spoken word, he has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations.

Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States and actively supports various political causes. He ran for the party's Presidential nomination in 2000, finishing second to Ralph Nader. He is a staunch believer in free society, who utilizes shock value and advocates direct action and pranksterism in the name of political causes. Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics, in the leftist tradition of the Yippies, to highlight issues of civil rights and social justice.

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