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The Tuscaloosa News — “Jury Rejects Singer’s Art Defense” — The Associated Press (Aug 24, 1991)

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MILWAUKEE — A rock singer who defecated on stage and tossed feces at the audience was convicted of disorderly conduct after a jury rejected the argument that he was exercising artistic freedom.

Kevin Michael Allin, 34, known as  G.G. [sic] Allin, was lead singer of the defunct group [The] Toilet Rockers. As a result of Thursday’s verdict, he could be sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $1,000. Sentencing is Sept. 13

Defense lawyer Peter Goldberg said he would appeal the verdict in the four-day trial in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

In an impromptu news conference, Allin called the jury narrow-minded.

‘They’re trying to kill rock ‘n’ roll, but they can’t do it because I’m the king of underground rock ‘n’ roll,” [he] said.

Goldberg has argued that Allin, who lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., was a serious performer and his Feb. 28, 1989, performance had artistic value.There’s a precedent for scatology in avant-garde work, he said.

University of Texas sociologist Jeffrey A. Halley testified Wednesday in Allin’s behalf that the performance was acceptable and to an audience tat paid to see it and knew what to expect.

“You can judge art by standards of it being offensive,” Halley said. “Much of today’s art is offensive.”

Assistant District Attorney Michael Steinhafel argued the First Amendment has limits and the performance “crosses the line.”

Allin defecated on stage, threw feces into the crowd, simulated sex acts and jumped on a female fan, according to the police complaint. Many of the 50 people who paid to see the show left in the middle of it. Allin was arrested after the show.

Theater owner Jack Koshick said he scheduled Allin knowing nothing of his performance. Though the show was perverse, Koshick said, many people in the audience loved it.

 

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