An Interview with 33 1/3 Author Michael Stewart Foley on San Francisco, hardcore, and the Dead Kennedys

One of the most recent editions to the the 33 1/3 series, Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, is also one of the series’ most investigative works. Author Michael Stewart Foley approaches the album anthropologically, detailing environmental influences on Fresh Fruit as well as the sociopolitical and interpersonal factors that led to its genesis. Last month Foley discussed his book with interviewer David Ensminger for the Houston Press, which led to a further exploration of the Dead Kennedys’ history and influence (He also sat down with 33 1/3 for a similar chat, which you can read here). It’s…

Shepard Fairey on Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Turns out Shepard Fairey loves our 33 1/3 on the Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (the 105th volume in the series out just this past May) just as much as we do! Check out this FANTASTIC little review/blurb of Michael Stewart Foley‘s book on OBEY. Be sure to also read Mike’s guest posts on our blog during Dead Kennedys week, where he discusses the archival research involved in writing about the San Francisco punk scene. And of course, pick up your copy today!

33 1/3 in the Press!

With the February release of How To Write About Music, the May release of our books on Freedom of Choice, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, and the Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack, it’s thus far been a great 2015 for us–and things are only getting better this September and October! As such, we thought we’d share some of the good news on our blog, and highlight for you just some of the many fantastic reviews and mentions that 33 1/3 has gotten in the press recently.  . 33 1/3 in the Press: *********************************** Pitchfork had a GREAT…

Book Launch for Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 5/27!

Come and celebrate the publication of our 105th 33 1/3 volume on the Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by Michael Stewart Foley this Wednesday May 27th at Moe’s Books in Berkeley! The event will begin at 7:30PM. Be sure to pick up a copy of the book, and as a precursor to the book launch, check out Mike’s blog posts about archival research into the punk scene from our recent Dead Kennedys Week!

Video Vault Episode 67: Dead Kennedys Week – I Kill Children

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 105th 33 1/3 on  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, author and historian Michael Stewart Foley will discuss the archival research involved in writing about the San Francisco punk scene. Each day, he’ll be highlighting one amazing hidden source, and so, today, we bring you the fifth and final installment of Dead Kennedys week! For the last installment of Dead Kennedys week, check out this video of the DKs playing the Mabuhay Gardens in 1979, as they were refining the songs that eventually appeared…

Dead Kennedys Week – Day 4: Damage

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 105th 33 1/3 on  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, author and historian Michael Stewart Foley will discuss the archival research involved in writing about the San Francisco punk scene. Each day, he’ll be highlighting one amazing hidden source, and so, Today, we bring you the fourth installment of Dead Kennedys week! By the time Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables came out in 1980, some of San Francisco’s original punks were mourning the passing of the scene – a scene that had…

Dead Kennedys Week – Day 3: Search & Destroy

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 105th 33 1/3 on  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, author and historian Michael Stewart Foley will discuss the archival research involved in writing about the San Francisco punk scene. Each day, he’ll be highlighting one amazing hidden source, and so, today,  we bring you the third installment of Dead Kennedys week! If you know your American punk zines, you know that Search & Destroy, started in San Francisco in 1977 by V. Vale (with financial help from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti), is…

Dead Kennedys Week – Day 2: CREEP

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 105th 33 1/3 on  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, author and historian Michael Stewart Foley will discuss the archival research involved in writing about the San Francisco punk scene. Each day, he’ll be highlighting one amazing hidden source, and so, today, we bring you the second installment of Dead Kennedys week! 1978 is appropriately regarded as one of the darkest periods in San Francisco’s history. As I describe in my 33 1/3 volume on Dead Kennedys’ first LP, one of the band’s early…

Dead Kennedys Week – Day 1: Nix on 6

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 105th 33 1/3 on  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, author and historian Michael Stewart Foley will discuss the archival research involved in writing about the San Francisco punk scene. Each day, he’ll be highlighting one amazing hidden source, and so, today, we bring you the very first installment of Dead Kennedys week! I’m a historian, so I like digging through old stuff. Doesn’t matter what it is, really – old newspapers, postcards, photos, LPs, clothes, furniture, spice tins… hell, I’ll spend a couple…

Watch 33 1/3 author Michael Stewart Foley in a Music Video!

In an unexpected twist of medium, Michael Stewart Foley, author of our upcoming book on the Dead Kennedy’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, has just debuted in his very first music video for Dutch “post-hardcore” band, John Coffey! In this parody of 1980s cable access, he plays a pompous yet clueless version of himself, and it is delightful in every way. Here’s to many more acting gigs for Mike (and, perhaps, other 33 1/3 authors?). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVVHRfAuO9w]