27 Jun
Behind the canvas of one of America's most important punk bands

In the second episode of The Art of Punk series, MOCAtv takes an inquisitive look at the art of the Dead Kennedys, and specifically the seminal work of their signature artist Winston Smith. Following their deconstruction of Black Flag and their iconic 4-Bars logo, the crew over at MOCAtv turn their attention to another of America’s most important punk bands. The San Francisco foursome — headed by spoken word guru Jello Biafra — came to prominence in the early 80s, a time dominated by Ronald Reagan and Republican fever dreams. This conservative imperialism was the inspiration for a lot of Winston’s work, and is an important cog in the success of DK. The Art of Punk series was created and directed by writer/author of Fucked Up + Photocopied, Bryan Ray Turcotte (Kill Your Idols) and Bo Bushnell (The Western Empire), its goal to trace the roots of the punk movement and the artists behind their iconic logos and art. They did a nice job with this one — Peep the 14-minute episode 2 below…

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