Winston Smith 

Dead Kennedys is a well-known American punk band but who is the logo and covers creator Winston Smith? James Patrick Shannon Morey (b. 1952) moved from Oklahoma to Italy in 1969. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and studying classical Renaissance, later won a scholarship to study Cinema at the International University of Art (Florence and Rome). He went back to the States only in 1976. After the arrival he has changed his name to Winston Smith. WS is the main character in Orwell’s 1984. He moved to San Francisco and worked as a roadie for many bands while wrote, edited and self-published a magazine with a fellow-artist. They also made and distributed posters for non-existent bands and clubs with the addresses listed on the placards and flyers often located in the Pacific Ocean.

“That’s dangerous! I wanna use that.”

 

WINSTON SMITH     THE DEAD KENNEDYS STORY

1st episode: BLACK FLAG      2nd episode: CRASS


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