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Paul Cafaro aka Blag Dahlia… is a native of Highland Park, Illinois, and is most well-known as the front-man of Dwarves, a punk rock band. With the Dwarves he has written and produced 10 full length records over a span of 24 years. He has authored two novels, Armed To The Teeth With Lipstick (1998) and Nina (2006) Cafaro’s subject matter is famously controversial. His novels deal with promiscuous teenagers, whorehouses, graphic violence, and other deviant behavior. He has produced albums by Mondo Generator, The Dwarves, F.Y.P, John Cougar Concentration Camp and the Godawfuls[7].

Cafaro also released solo material as Blag Dahlia and under one of his other aliases, Earl Lee Grace. Blackgrass (1995), a 13-song LP of bluegrass songs [8], was released on the Sympathy for the Record Industry label using a backing band of real bluegrass musicians. Cafaro also started an acoustic duo with Nick Oliveri named The Uncontrollable.

In 1993 Dahlia was implicated in a hoax concerning the death of Dwarves guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed. Numerous incidents concerning onstage nudity and violence have dogged the artist since the band’s inception. Dahlia had his throat slashed in London, Ont. 1994, his head split open in Riverside, CA 1996 and most famously was involved in an altercation with Josh Homme, singer from Queens of the Stone Age, who attacked him in November 2004 at the Dragonfly Nightclub with a beer bottle in retaliation for being insulted in the Dwarves song ‘Massacre’ from the album The Dwarves Must Die.

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