Holiday In America: Jello Biafra refutes the idea that Trump will make punk great again


Ever since Donald Trump was elected to become the next President of the United States of America, there have been more than a few hot takes circulating that all this societal and cultural upheaval will suddenly make music interesting again — namely, punk rock.

The loose idea was that punk rose up against the Ronald Reagan administration here in the States and Margaret Thatcher’s reign as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Much of that premise has been properly doused in recent weeks, but former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra is here to finish it off with a fresh blast of cold water.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone titled “Jello Biafra on How to Stand Up to Trump, Why Punk Still Matters”, the Bay Area activist and outspoken punk veteran comes correct about what really fueled punk and hip-hop’s call-to-arms some 30 years ago.

Ryan H. Walsh of Boston rock band Hallelujah the Hills has the pull quote via Twitter. Let that get the juices flowing, then read the entire piece here.

Catch Biafra live and in action next month when he plays the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, with the Reverend Horton Heat and Supersuckers on February 19.