In the 1970s and 1980s, Winston Smith practically invented the punk rock collage style of art. His agitprop, surrealistic paste-ups of 1950s advertising circulars, ransom note lettering style, nuclear weapons, and Presidential B-movie actors set the tone for the DIY era. Best known for his collaborations with Jello Biafra and the band the Dead Kennedys, Smith’s work has frequently been banned by horrified censors. Lately, he’s been hard at work putting together the Collage Museum of San Francisco. Monday Buzz host Brian Standing caught up with Winston Smith by phone at his home in San Francisco.
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