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V. VALE RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER July 2007: Catastrophism, Letters: Vale & Claudia (Italy)

WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #62, July 2007. HERE’S THE NEWS FROM SAN FRANCISCO… ALL READERS ARE INVITED TO SEND CONTRIBUTIONS AND FEEDBACK!

 

CONTENTS:

1. Louder Faster Shorter punk film now on DVD!

2. Sat JULY 14, 6:30pm: RE/SEARCH presents the COUNTER CULTURE HOUR featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, to publicize his new San Francisco International Poetry Festival July 27-29, free admission!! Cable Channel 29 (S.F. only), 6:30pm. See Counter Culture Hour shows online (free for now!) at:

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v316630GefJq73s

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v316647rCCRPG3H

We will continue to post at least one episode per month until we’ve caught up with the two+ year backlog!

3. “Catastrophism” – RE/Search’s current “theme”

4. COMING EVENTS: Cyclecide Rodeo July 15. July 27-9 SF Int’l Poetry Fest.

5. PAST EVENTS

6. Stephane von Stephane…

7. What We’ve Been Reading/What We’ve Been Sent: James Howard Kunstler, of course! The City in Mind

8. Recommended Links – thanks to: You Know Who You Are

9. Quotes

10. Feedback from Readers

11. *Help Save Net Neutrality! This is VERY IMPORTANT to ALL READERS!!

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   1. RE/Search’s newest offering: Now on **DVD**: LOUDER FASTER SHORTER (classic 1978 punk documentary). See the Avengers, Dils, Mutants, Sleepers, UXA, and Dirk Dirksen, in their heyday, and marvel at how little the bands’ songs have dated). $20 plus $4 shipping. If you pay $6 for shipping, we’ll send you a free book of my choice – write in “free” book in order blank.

 

Also, out-of-print for years, RE/Search’s INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK is back! limited edition hardback (RE/Search’s edition 1000 copies – V. Vale will autograph on request), gorgeous, glossy paper. Amazon list price $60. Order direct from our website for Special price $35 (plus $5 shipping U.S.; $15 Air Overseas). To order: info@researchpubs.com, call 415-362-1465, or use our on-line order blank at www.http://www.researchpubs.com.

 

Also, we have posted (4) Counter Culture Hour episodes at veoh.com – please check them out! The newest one features Billy Hawk of the Offs; also up is Bambi Lake.

Here’s what’s up now:

-Jonathan Moore at Roboxotica in Vienna, also with “The Candy Film” by Marian Wallace

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v316630GefJq73s

-Ryoichi Kurokawa, electronic filmmaker AND painter Masami Teraoka

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v316647rCCRPG3H

-Billy Hawk of the Offs, 70s original punk band

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v5268609RH3MxKs

-Bambi Lake, life-long entertainer, cross-dresser, San Francisco character

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v480491RdyCQQBd

AND – not a Counter Culture Hour, but somehow related:

-V.Vale plays “Mongoloid” for Jerry Casale, DEVO original (3 minutes)

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v443333PHEfKjTG

 

More online offerings will follow! Please give us your feedback as well as letting us know how your on-line experiences with these are! We’re open to suggestions!

 

Last but not least, RE/Search is on MySpace: If you would like to be “our friend” – receive bulletins, etc, please Join Us! http://www.myspace.com/108198017  – thanks, v. vale & cohorts

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NOTE:

RE/Search still seeks either non-profit donations, patrons, or fiscal partners to publish the next title (a book involving old tapes and photos of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, John Giorno, et al) and to bring back in print Incredibly Strange Films, Pranks, and Real Conversations 1.

 

   2. Sat JULY 14, 6:30pm: RE/SEARCH presents The Counter Culture Hour featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, answering questions like “What is poetry?” and “What does ‘underground’ mean anymore?” Cable Channel 29 (S.F. only) RE/Search’s Counter Culture Hour airs 2nd Sat of month, 6:30pm; set your “VCR.” A few Counter Culture Hour episodes are available at www.veoh.com, as stated above. DVDs will be available soon for ease of viewing, chapters, higher quality video and sound, etc.

 

Jack Hirschman is publicizing his new San Francisco International Poetry Festival July 27-29, free admission. Fifteen poets from other countries will appear and read/talk for free, and you can meet them after the readings. Actually, the fun begins Thur July 26 at 6:30pm at an outdoor reading in the alley next to City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus, hosted by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Friday July 27, 7pm at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (next to the Exploratorium), 12 poets including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, will read – again, for free. Sat & Sun July 28-29 there will be a host of readings, including figures such asMatt Gonzalez,  at various branch libraries and North Beach venues – again, go to http://sfinternationalpoetryfestival.org for a full listing. This is hopefully the first of many annual San Francisco international poetry festivals.

 

 

  3. “Catastrophism” – RE/Search’s current “theme.” Recently we struck up an email correspondence with Claudia R– from Italy (who ordered all 4 of our J.G. Ballard books) on the theme of “Catastrophism” or “Future Noir.” Here are our emails…

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“Dear Vale, All your books are famous in Italy, especially in Florence. We love underground culture… Maybe you can help me to find other books about this particular kind of Science Fiction, so psychological – if you have any suggestions. All best, Claudia”

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“Claudia, I pretty much focus still on re-reading J.G. Ballard and W.S. Burroughs (whom I regard as partly sci-fi) and, i enjoyed The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (but not his other books), Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, but i am still looking for “genius” writers like Ballard but am not finding them! If you have some “genius” recommendation please send it to me!

thanks & best, – vale

ps There are old books i once enjoyed, like Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad – I need to compile a list. But those are from 25+ years ago!!… so maybe they have dated…”

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“Vale, that’s very kind of you. I’ll look for the books by Banks and Gibson you suggest (can’t remember at the moment if I’ve still read the second one). A genius like Ballard around? Hard to say. Amongst Italian writers of last generation I like Tullio Avoledo: someone has spoken about “Quantic Realism”, very near to SF as concept and postmodern in a new, different sense. I’ll look for an English version to send you. All best, Claudia”

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“Claudia, There’s a U.S. writer I’ve been reading (non-fiction) who predicts a  United States/world without oil/gas/natural gas much quicker than most of us think. He predicts that only small towns/cities with sufficient local water supplies and nearby food-producing farms/agriculture will survive.

 

“The car (and with it, the freeway system and parking lots that destroy rich farmland) and high-rise buildings – all of which require oil to maintain them – will just be a little blip in the big continuum of history.

 

“His major book is The Long Emergency and his website is kunstler.org – name is James Howard Kunstler. His first major book was The Geography of Nowhere – huge critique of America with its car ownership and proliferation of boring suburbs.  America doesn’t produce anything anymore – its economy is just hype and facade. His ideas definitely form a basis for plenty of future science fiction  imaginings, dovetailing with Ballard’s High Rise & Crash, but in a different way. Best, Vale”

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“Hi Vale, I found in my library the Gibson’s one, translated as “Accademia dei Sogni” (forgotten and maybe never read, now it’s time), that means Dream’s Academy. I’ll ask for Kunstler’s books: in Italian there’s the illuminating title “Collasso.” Is it something like Mike Davis‘ catastrophism? I love him. You must absolutely read “L’Archeofuturisme” by Guillame Faye, if you didn’t (in French Les Editions de L’Encre, but I don’t know the English one). He’s a theorist of the French New Right, but has many things in common with catastrophism of left theorists. He’s very disturbing, you can’t miss it. Of course I hate the fact he predicted a future where women must turn housewives because of the lack of job opportunities in west, like some others curious theory. Anyway, I forgive him. Best, Claudia”

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“Claudia, sorry for late reply – yesterday was fireworks day here in Amerikkka. Kunstler is more “citation/quotation/paraphrasing happy” than Mike Davis – i.e., a lot more “facts” and “hard statistics” -but he is NOT boring somehow – he makes the material as sardonic/funny as it is possible to be.

 

“Thanks so much for the recommendations below – I’ll start tracking ’em down under the new category (new to me) of “catastrophism”. I was just calling it “predicting the future” but that’s kind of boring… RE FAYE: On the contrary, I think women will “own” the future, just like they invented agriculture which created the present. I’m glad you have a sense of humor RE Monsieur G. Faye Best, vale

“ps:  just remembered a “great” book from awhile back: ON THE BEACH. It was such a big seller, perhaps it was translated into Italian? Definitely “catastrophism” i think. Best, vale”

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“Thanks Vale, “catastrophism” is the category much similar to my mood since I started working in politics! Anyway, is the one most loved in Europe, esp amongst French and Italian in the ’90s. I suppose some authors here miss something like the post-atomic phase in literature and cinema, so they try to do like Americans, even if they are a bit late. I asked for English version of Tullio Avoledo in a library but got no response. So I wrote to the editor, but still got non response: THAT’S REALLY CATASTROPHIC. We’ll see. About Faye: Maybe he’s right. Now I could be in a beauty farm and have a young lover, like a desperate housewife. – Claudia”

“to Claudia, sent by Vale: a review of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray Allen Lane, 242pp, �18.99 – ISBN 0713999152. published New Statesman, June 28, 2007

 

“Everything is getting worse, we are doomed and the only good news is that it scarcely matters because humanity is not worth saving anyway. John Gray’s new book Black Mass … is a critique of human pretensions and the analytical rubric that underpins it … Gray draws on the works of Hume and Hayek, Popper and Berlin, yet uses them as sledgehammers, even against his closest allies. The result isthe darkest possible assessment of our current situation and our hopes for the future … whenever we dream of a better world, we inexorably create something far more terrible. The intimate connection between utopianism and dictatorship was first formulated by Isaiah Berlin and Hayek …

“According to Gray, it was Christianity which introduced the idea that the world can be redeemed and born anew. He rather curiously absolves Judaism of any responsibility for this concept, though all orthodox Judaic interpretations of the Torah have avowed that the world is broken and will only be redeemed and healed at the end of time. Yet his basic point has merit: at a certain point in history, we began to think in terms of “eschatology”, a logic devoted to the end days…

“The bulk of Black Mass is taken up with an often rollicking, sometimes bone-crunching history of medieval barbarism, millennial cults, the rise of totalitarianism and the nadir of fascism, ending with a precise account of the lies and self-deceiving hopes that hurried on the invasion of Iraq. Without devaluing Gray’s account of the religious inspiration behind these events, it is clear that his own work is also swept along by spiritual motifs: the “fallen” state of creation, the spirit of history as a force that aims towards destruction and the fallibility of mankind. Gray even states that man is essentially fallible – which rather jars with his stated view that humans are simply a peculiarly violent animal.

“He has many interesting ideas – most of all, his insistence that there never was such a thing as a free market because the grounds of the market-place were always fashioned by government legislation… “capital” is nothing but a poetic image of a subterranean black force, raging without end. Faced with this excessively gothic image, we might follow Gray’s advice to read Aldous Huxley, Philip K Dick, William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard…” http://www.newstatesman.com/200707020045″

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“That’s very apocalyptic! I ordered the book. There’s a Kurtz (Heart of Darkness) in everyone. Thanks for the precious analogies you found. Did you read the essay by R. C. Zahner, “Rot in the Clockwork Orange” in Rapid Eye 3?

Ask you an info: when have you first published the Ballard’s book? On the website I found just 1984 of “J. G. Ballard”. – Claudia

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“To Claudia from Vale,

The Sunday Times, January 29, 2006

Richard Mabey reviews The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock

…Although [James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia] reads at times like the Book of Revelation, his vision of the planet�s �revenge� isn�t one of a spiteful, smart attack against homo sapiens, but of a comprehensive collapse of the systems that have kept earth habitable for billions of years. If Gaia means the interdependence of all organisms on earth, then its breakdown implicates all organisms, though it is our fault, exclusively…

 

“Global heating was not much more than a rumour in 1979 when Lovelock launched the Gaia hypothesis, an audacious vision of the living earth as an organism, whose geology and life-forms had together evolved ways of maintaining a climate and an atmosphere congenial to life. He seemed confident that Gaia�s intricate connections, linking forests and oceanic algae to cloud formation, would be able to counter the earth�s warming from man-made carbon dioxide. Now, as global temperatures creep relentlessly higher and climatic disasters proliferate, he believes we may have already gone beyond the point of recovery...

 

“What affects Lovelock profoundly is evidence that we may be approaching �tipping points,� when heating suddenly escalates because of feedback. At the current rate, global temperatures will rise by nearly three degrees in the next 50 years. At this point, the rain forests begin to die, releasing vast new amounts of carbon dioxide. Algae fail in the ocean and stop generating cooling clouds and absorbing carbon. The Greenland glacier goes into meltdown, releasing enough water to flood many of the world�s cities. Crop failures, human migrations, the emergence of �brutal war-lords� follow. We know the story, but not in our �real world� minds. Global heating is not yet part of our collective unconscious in the way the bomb was.

 

“What can be done? Lovelock is a passionate advocate of the rapid expansion of nuclear power to cut fossil-fuel emissions, which has won him few friends among his natural constituents. He�s dismissive of wind-power and biofuels as woefully inefficient and wasteful of wild land better reserved for Gaia�s ancient arts of regulation … Biosphere II�s modest experiment in creating a mini-earth the size of a football pitch ended in farcical collapse. But Lovelock isn�t averse to technological fixes: giant reflectors in space, the solidification and burying of smoke emissions (the same result could be achieved by allowing huge areas of cultivated land to revert to forest, but oddly isn�t mentioned), �sustainable retreat� into cities and synthetic foods to give the planet a chance to recover. If it came to the worst, the remnants of humanity could move to a newly balmy Arctic, where the rich could sail about in solar-powered yachts and the poor amuse themselves with virtual travel.

 

“This is the familiar, no-holds-barred territory of apocalyptic science fiction, and I fear this is how The Revenge of Gaia may be read. It�s a powerful book but disablingly depressing… shackled by our reflexes, by craven and short-sighted governments, and by the hard fact that totalitarian planning simply doesn�t work for complex living systems, we seem to be stymied. But perhaps Gaia�s model of success, so eloquently described by Lovelock, might be a better spur than its impending demise. It�s a federation not a monolith, and maybe an unplanned accretion of obdurate local communities, visionary businesses, and nations prepared to act on their own rather than wait for the lowest common consensus — something truer to our organic origins and our present psychologies — might just turn things around… �Renewable energy sounds good, but so far it is inefficient and expensive. It has a future, but we have no time now to experiment with visionary energy sources: civilization is in imminent danger and has to use nuclear energy now, or suffer the pain soon to be inflicted by our outraged planet.�

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article718922.ece” [the end, ha ha, for now…]

 

 

  4. COMING EVENTS:

 

() CYCLECIDE PEDAL MONSTER, Sun July 15, 2007 2-10pm. Ace Auto, 2255 McKinnon Ave, SF. (415) 385-0411. $10 sliding scale; no one turned away.

 

“If San Francisco is the World Capital of Weird, then CYCLECIDE BIKE RODEO is the city�s most notorious and hard-working ambassador for its two-wheeled, junk-rescuing lifestyle. The world�s only bicycle-themed circus/rodeo sideshow and pedal-powered carnival-ride midway, Cyclecide has wowed audiences from Brooklyn to Mexico City with its pedal-oriented, drunk-clown-heavy, mayhem-tastic live act and death-defying carnival rides made primarily out of �pre-cycled� bike and auto parts.” Cylecide was featured in RE/Search’s PRANKS 2 book [ http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com ]

 

“PEDAL MONSTER, the annual gathering of the tribes: Cyclecide�s got about six or seven full-scale pedal-powered carnival rides on the midway now … but wait! there�s more … The Mousetrap! … Audiences will marvel as one lucky participant turns the crank to set the whole shebang rolling, sending bowling balls careening in and out of 16 gi-normous interlocking pieces fabricated from found objects, steel, and wood. No telling what the Mousetrap�s sexy mice and surly clown-gineers will push under the 30-foot hand-built crane to be SMASHED under the 2-TON BANK SAFE…

 

“So. To sum up. PEDAL MONSTER 2007, July 15, at Ace Auto Drunkyard

-complete CYCLECIDE PEDAL-POWERED CARNIVAL MIDWAY

-MUTANT BIKES of DEATH, DESTRUCTION, and/or RIDICULOUSNESS for all to ride

-BIKE RODEO SIDESHOW with punk rock mariachi band LOS BANOS

and the

-LIFE-SIZE GAME OF MOUSETRAP (at least 2 shows with sexy mice and one-woman band ESMERELDA STRANGE performing her original score)

 

“Also: Barbary Coast Shakedown (exquisite dance straight outta the saloon), Connie Francis Tribute, Strip Mall Seizures, Nurses, Lloyd and Micheal, Hammer Horror Classics, Chrissy Lux and the Cowboy Girl (contortion and BB guns) and Some Australian Band…

 

() WOMAN’S WILL PERFORMS IN PARKS FOR FREE – by John Sulak

 

“I’d like to invite everyone who lives in the Bay Area to go see the great theater company Woman’s Will this summer. They will be performing for free every weekend from July 7 to August 12, and they’ll be moving around from park to park so there is a good chance that they might be near you on one of those dates. They’ll be doing “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, and all the characters are going to be played by females. (When the plays were originally written and performed the characters were all played by males.)

 

You might be wondering why a play is being included in the RE/Search newsletter, but I’ve seen Woman’s Will in many previous summers and it’s clear to me that their core values fit right in with what V. Vale and his books have always been about. They’re independent and they “do-it-themselves,” in the true d.i.y. spirit that was a part of early punk and other subcultures… Every play I’ve ever seen them do has had first rate acting, directing, music and choreography. The best part is that it’s free. Here is the website which lists all the

locations for the summer “tour,” and also has pictures and lots more info: www.womanswill.org

– John Sulak (co-author of RE/Search Pubs’ “Modern Pagans” [ http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com ]

 

   5. PAST EVENTS: Next time…

 

 6. STEPHANE VON STEPHANE will return after her computer becomes reborn…

 

 7. What We’ve Been Reading – just a little bit

 

() Our favorite recent “discovery” STILL continues to be the visionary author JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER. About Kunstler, our pal Curt G. from Oregon writes:

 

“Hi Vale, Thanks as always for the newsletter. I’ll have to try some of Kunstler’s novels… I’ve liked his non-fiction [The Long Emergency, Geography of Nowhere], and saw him speak last year at a talk here in Portland. Some found him arrogant, but I don’t mind a little arrogance in people with **ideas**! I keep an eye on his weekly blog entry, Clusterfuck Nation.

 

“You might find the book “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicolas Taleb interesting. In a nutshell it’s a look at the nature of risk and uncertainty. Taleb apparently made a bundle of money in the 1987 stock crash, and has since devoted increasing amounts of time to reading/thinking/empirical philosophy.  He has little but disdain for most academics, particularly economists and statisticians.  There’s small portions of math in the book, but it’s largely about skepticism and trying to understand how little we know about a lot of things (despite having to listen to lots of stuffed shirts talking as if they

know!). Black Swans are the unpredictable events that change the course of things (sometimes good, sometimes bad). Peak Oil and the Long Emergency may be the black swan that most “know-it-alls” can’t see coming. Taleb wrote an earlier book called “Fooled by Randomness” that’s good as well. Hope you are recovering. – Curt”

 

() During an extended illness we’ve read mysteries/novels by James Crais (funny! – only 3 more books left to go), Naomi Hirahara, Walter Mosley (like him much better this time; sometimes he really shows you what it is to be “black”), and James Howard Kunstler.

 

 

   8. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friend Phil G, & Others who sent us the below:

 

() theremin jam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW0B1sipLBI

 

() 220 magic tricks: http://magicuproar.blogspot.com/2007/06/top-20-magic-trick-tutorials.html

 

() Steve Ward’s Singing Tesla Coil – video: http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/63317/detail/

 

() Cost of Living Index for Expatriates: 1. Moscow (most expensive) 2. Seoul 3. Tokyo 4. Hong Kong 5. London, etc: http://www.mercerhr.com/costofliving

 

() Reviews of Gil Ray’s I AM ATOMIC MAN album: http://www.125records.com/press.html

 

() Chuck Palahniuk insult story: http://www.laurahird.com/newreview/chuckpalahniukreading.html

It pertains to this review in part: http://www.laurahird.com/newreview/haunted.html

I actually had one of his teenage fans threaten to KILL me (seriously) online (oooh! Scary!) because of these links… – Graham Rae

 

() References about Phoenix Punk Rock: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Sphincter

 

() Laurel Aitkin is truly amazing: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN_x24P_LKk>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN_x24P_LKk

 

() Linder (Secret Public fanzine; Buzzcocks album art) is having an art show at PS1. [thanks, Eva Lake!] Google her! And Go to <http://evalake.blogspot.com/2007/06/linder.html>http://evalake.blogspot.com/2007/06/linder.html

 

() Warhol film (sent by Sandra): http://www.awalkintothesea.com/film/synopsis.html

 

() New book by our pal Bruno Richard / Elles Sont De Sortie #80 “Sangs divers“. Here is a link to have some more details <http://lartpenultieme.blogspot.com>http://lartpenultieme.blogspot.com and another one to our archives   <http://lartpenultieme-archives.blogspot.com>http://lartpenultieme-archives.blogspot.com. Highly recommended!

 

()  From Christian Ristow: “three new posts! With 2 videos! Robochrist Industries

Site:  <http://www.christianristow.com>www.christianristow.com

Blog:  <http://robotaos.blogspot.com/> http://robotaos.blogspot.com/ ”

 

() [sent in] “V. Vale is the legendary underground publisher behind Re/Search Publications, a series of zine-like books on the counter-culture.  Click for show notes, audio and bonus audio! link straight to the audio:”

http://archive-c02.libsyn.com/podcasts/8bb871d5cd4e7b8a5c7307b6d80d6fed/46846f75/tsoya/

 

() Shanghai Jim [J.G. Ballard]: http://www.ubu.com/film/ballard.html

 

 

   9. QUOTES – sorry, next time!

 

 

   10. Feedback from Readers:

 

() “I recently got a book called “Beat Writers at Work” (1999) – a collection of interviews from the Paris Review, including one with W.S. Burroughs in 1965. These are very good, cutting through a lot of the myth and hype about the “beats”. There is a photo of Burroughs in 1978 on the Brooklyn Bridge – he is aiming a rifle at the NYC skyline, including the World Trade Center.” – SM Gray

 

() “Vale, I was out of town the week of Dirkfest. Reading your thoughts on the event literally brought me to tears. 1978 – 1981 were the most enjoyable years of my life. I came into the scene a little late, but I caught just enough of the original scene to have it burned into my soul forever (my first show was the Avengers at Mabuhay). Thank you for keeping it alive and well; little did we know at the time how profound the influence of those short few years would be on music and society. I will always be a Punk in my heart. Thanks for including me in your e-mails, Cheers, Keith Zygote” (Fried Abortions founder – they were one of Jello Biafra’s favorite groups)

 

() “Heya Vale – good to see you at Dirkfest – you sure described it right about how the great, original scene at the Mab died when the teenage jock/frat boy element came in, coinciding with the coming of the SoCal surf-punk bands; they’re the ones who TRIED to knock people down in the pogo-pit up front and took delight in causing aggro and starting fights – it didn’t used to be like that. It was great while it lasted, though. I guess we know what the original SF hippies felt like when the Haight/Ashbury scene made it onto national TV and Life magazine and the scene was ruined [by thousands of kids pilgrimaging to the Haight’]. My favorite bands at DirkFest were the Mutants … and Ginger Coyote and the White Trash Debutantes, who were only about 1000 times better than I had any reason to believe they could be. I so totally agree with your description of them – you nailed it. I hope they and the Mutants continue to gig. – Larry S.”

 

() We missed Matt Gonzalez‘s college art opening because we already had tickets to Iggy Pop that night and Matt wrote back: “…Iggy is more important than collage!!! The [below] review is too kind, i think, nevertheless… it’s always nice to be propped up…”

http://www.artltdmag.com/article.php?subaction=showfull&id=1182557814&archive=&start_from=&ucat=32&do=category

 

SAN FRANCISCO: Matt Gonzalez at LINCART – review by our pal Mark Van Proyen

“Here is the relevant information: In 2003, Matt Gonzalez was the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and at that time he also made an insurgent, under-funded run for mayor as a Green Party candidate, coming alarmingly close to winning the office… Now Gonzalez is back in the public eye… as a self-taught artist who makes intimate, witty and charming collage works… sophisticated in their evocation of the collage works of the Beat era, as well as the more canonical precedents established by collage artists such as Kurt Schwitters and Robert Motherwell… as would be found in one of Schwitters’ Merzpictures from the 1920s and ’30s. The difference lies in Gonzalez’s elegant lyricism, which gives his work a more introspective character. This attribute is particularly evident in one of the smallest works – a particularly spare composition titled “Is That It?” No bigger than a postcard, this work’s precise arrangement of a very few visual incidents proves that a big experience can come in a very small package. –MARK VAN PROYEN”

 

() “Dear Vale, thanks for the latest newsletter… One of the things I loved about being a Punk was mostly it gave a lot of people who were not the cookie cutter [ideal?] physical or mentally, a chance to be accepted – unlike so much of the rock and roll venues… – Georgia”

 

() “Hi … I appreciated that version of ‘Mongoloid’ by you and Gerald V. Casale [aka Jihad Jerry] … I’ve always felt that song had a nice progressive/humanist kind of lyrical take contained within, and that version brought that forward, I thought. – Stanley”

 

() commenting on “Mongoloid” by Jerry Casale with V. Vale on piano ([veoh.com] “‘Mongoloid’ was so beautiful. It was like seeing 50-year-olds playing things with tenderness…” – Judy Gittelsohn, Pink Section founder

 

() “That Jihad Jerry album is great – you can play it over and over!” – Jared Lastname ( http://www.jihadjerry.com )

 

() Very funny / illuminating / and substantial blog from Jihad Jerry at: http://www.mineisnotaholywar.com – highly recommended to read, in reverse order!

 

() “review” of new INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK (http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com ] hardback: “Immense influence – what an amazing book – Industrial Culture Handbook – this book has changed my life forever in a lot of ways. – Vern Vermon O’Dreary Scavenger, from the middle wastelands, Indianaecropolis”

 

() “review” of PUNK 77, a RE/Search book ( http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com ) from FLAUNT, sent by James Stark:

 

“Long before T-shirts emblazoned with the sequined likenesses of Johnny Rotten appeared in Hot Topic stores, Punk was a reaction to the commodified rock’n’roll culture of which, ironically, it is now a part. In 1977, punk was anything but mall fodder, or at least that’s what James Stark’s book PUNK ’77 wnats us to believe. Juxtaposing black-and-white photos with personal testimonies, Punk ‘787 is a lot like a yearbook, an open-faced memoir that lifts the safety-pinned tartan skirt on a San Francisco Punk scene struggling with its identity at the convergence of aging hippies, lamee disco suits and teen ennui. Stark’s photographs illuminate the architecture of a developing scene in which torn denim, exposed clavicles, and padlocked chokers were de rigueur. Images of a young Debbie Harry, looking coy behind oversized sunglasses inside a dark, dilapidated club, Darby Crash, on stage, clenching a fist and holding a snarling note, and Joey Ramone’s kneecaps peeking through ripped jeans, act as details of a larger picture of artistic revolt against an emerging empire of consumer culture. In the spirit of prototypic street photographers Mary Ellen Mark, Diane Arbus, and Weegee, these Punk images show adolescence as that fleeting time of malleable identity and experimentation. “Hopefully,” Stark writes, “Punk ’77 will give some insight as to why and how people create an identity for themselves and their time.” Review by Drew Tewksbury, Flaunt Magazine, February 2007

 

 

11.  Net Neutrality – PUT IN YOUR WORD!! THIS IS DUE NOW!!

 

“Dear MoveOn member,

 

Last year, we defeated a bill in Congress that would have gutted Net Neutrality—the principle that makes sure Internet providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast can’t determine which websites are accessible on your computer.

 

We are still pushing Congress to permanently protect Net Neutrality. But for now, the issue is before the Federal Communications Commission—and they have invited the public to give our opinion. The deadline for public comment is four days away. We need to send a clear message that the public cares passionately about protecting Internet freedom.

 

Can you sign this petition to the FCC today, and send it to your friends? We will send your petition signature, and any comments you write, directly to the FCC.

 

“The FCC must keep the Internet a level playing field for the little guy by voting for meaningful and enforceable Network Neutrality—the Internet’s First Amendment”…

 

Sign here:

<http://civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/fccpetition/?id=10807-2943266-SqTBQy&t=3>http://civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/fccpetition/?id=10807-2943266-SqTBQy&t=3

 

Here is a background document about Net Neutrality:

<http://civ.moveon.org/save_the_internet/background.html?id=10807-2943266-SqTBQy&t=5>http://civ.moveon.org/save_the_internet/background.html?id=10807-2943266-SqTBQy&t=5

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