Ruby Ray

Ruby Ray

Ruby Ray has worked at the crossroads of underground music and photography for most of her career. She was one of the original SF punk photographers, first publishing her images in the seminal punk culture rag, Search and Destroy, and later in RE/Search magazine, which she helped co-found. In the last few years, she has had solo shows of her punk photos in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix. Ruby curated a punk photography exhibit titled, Photo Apocalypse, for the SF Punk Reunion 2012, and in 2013 she had a 17 foot by 71 foot mural of her punk photographs hanging in the center of downtown SF. Her first photography book, From the Edge of the World, California Punk 1977-81, came out last summer. She is still shooting film.

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years

Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years

SKU: 9781604864892
Author: Alex Ogg • Illustrations by Winston Smith • Photographs by Ruby Ray
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604864892
Published: 7/2014
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 9 x 6
Page count: 224
Subjects: Music-Punk/Politics-Activism


“We have a sense of humor and we’re not afraid to use it in a vicious way if we have to. In some ways, we’re cultural terrorists, using music instead of guns.“
—Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys

“It was obvious that DKs weren’t just another band that was gonna come and go. They were something special. Biafra was an absolute talent. And he had a band behind him that were tight and good.“
—Howie Klein, concert promoter, disc jockey, and record label executive

“One day, this kid from my social studies class brought in a cassette tape of Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables and I listened to it and my life was changed completely.“
—Adam Gierasch, film director

“One of my favorite rock ’n’ roll memories is of an after-party during DKs’ first visit to Seattle. Recognize that bands like this for me—these actual guys being at a party in the same house that I was in—was like being in the presence of Led Zeppelin or Kiss.“
—Duff McKagan of Guns ’n’ Roses

“My education was punk rock—what Dead Kennedys said . . . It was attacking America, but it was American at the same time.“
—Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day

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