The Dead Kennedys were a San Francisco-based punk rock band formed in San Francisco in the late 70s. They were one of the first hardcore bands from America to have a substantial influence on bands in the UK. Led by Jello Biafra, their principle songwriter, the band’s lyrics were often political, satirizing establishment politicians, liberal or conservative, popular culture, and the punk scene itself. From 1978 to1 986, they were the subject continuing controversy, thanks to Biafra's confrontational lyrics and art. The band reformed in 2001 without Jello, who has continued his career as a solo performer and public figure.
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