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Dead Kennedys: The Early Years (1987)

An overview of the early years--late 1970s, early 1980s--of San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys, with clips from some of their live concerts and footage of landmark San Francisco locations of the punk music scene.

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An overview of the early years--late 1970s, early 1980s--of San Francisco punk band Dead Kennedys, with clips from some of their live concerts and footage of landmark San Francisco locations of the punk music scene.

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Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live... There is always room for Jello
12 October 2009 | by (Clearwater Fl) – See all my reviews

Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live: 4 out of 10: Ah the classics... Well this very short video (30 minutes) shows, what one assumes was amateur video, of The Dead Kennedy’s tour in support of their first album. It also has a human-interest news report on lead singer Jello Biafra’s run for mayor of San Francisco.

The video quality is unsurprisingly awful. The sound quality however is even worse which makes this useless as a concert tape. Since the camera stays focused on Jello and the boys one does not even get the interesting thrill of seeing the punk rock audience, which is often the best part of the show. Outside of a few clips of Jello vacuuming a sidewalk (don’t ask) there is virtually nothing intelligible in the entire program. Which I guess is kind of punk in its own way after all.


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