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April 2, 1969 |
|Genres||punk rock, ska punk, hardcore punk, reggae|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, artist, musician|
|Associated acts||Operation Ivy
Classics of Love
Jesse Michaels (born April 2, 1969) is a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and artist from Berkeley, California. He is the son of the deceased author Leonard Michaels. His lyrics deal with politics, racism, and general social issues.
In February 1987, he published his first fanzine, Kill Deal for 50 Cents. Later that year he formed Operation Ivy with guitarist Tim Armstrong, bassist Matt Freeman, and drummer Dave Mello. They quickly became a popular band especially at the Berkeley punk club 924 Gilman Street. In 1988, the group released its debut extended play Hectic on which Michaels wrote all of the lyrics. It was followed with an American tour which brought the group's work all around the country, and made Operation Ivy a very well respected band. Operation Ivy recorded and released its only studio album Energy in 1989 and broke-up the same year. Michaels also co-wrote the music to the Green Day song "2,000 Light Years Away" from their second album Kerplunk (1992). He later formed Big Rig in 1994. Big Rig released one extended play and played several gigs around 924 Gilman Street before breaking up. In 1999 after a long hiatus he formed Common Rider with Squirtgun bassist and renowned producer Mass Giorgini. They released two albums and toured around the country before breaking up in 2003. In August 2008, Jesse went on a short Southern California tour with long-time friend Jeff Ott, playing new solo songs. In December 2008, he participated in a small Northern California tour with Mike Park and Kevin Seconds, as well as formed a new band, Classics of Love.
Michaels has expressed an interest in writing. In a 2010 interview, he told Jewcy, "I have written one book. It's a novella and I'm sort of shopping it around and it might get published this year." His book What The Dead Have To Say, was published in 2011 while his next novel, Whispering Bodies: A Roy Belkin Disaster, is due out 10 September 2013.
Michaels is also regarded as a talented artist, responsible for designing Operation Ivy's well-known and widely recognized "Ska Man" logo as well as other artwork for the album. In addition to drawing logos, album covers and other assorted art for his own musical projects, his artwork has been used by bands such as Filth, Neurosis, Green Day (for the band's debut album 39/Smooth) and Against All Authority.
Michaels has recently been making reprints of sketches and other art available for sale on eBay on a limited basis.
In 2005, Jesse collaborated with Chris Appelgren of Lookout! Records to launch Dynaformer, an art/design collective dedicated to showcasing the artwork of both individuals, as well as offering their artistic talents for hire.
- Huey, Steve. "Biography: Operation Ivy". AMG. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Huey, Steve. "Biography: Common Rider". AMG. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "Jewcy Interviews: Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy".
- "What The Dead Have To Say by Jesse Michaels". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Whispering Bodies: A Roy Belkin Disaster by Jesse Michaels". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- The Roots of Rebellion Show Interview with Jesse Michaels
- The official Myspace of Jesse Michaels
- Jewcy Interviews: Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy