As publisher-editor of the 1977-79 zine Search & Destroy, V. Vale helped bring international attention to a punk scene as prophetic as more publicized ones elsewhere. The publication was launched with $100 each from Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and published at City Lights Bookstore, where Vale worked at the time. For Vale, punk provided a launching pad for a host of cultural-anthropological explorations, including industrial music, the writings of J.G. Ballard and William S. Burroughs, feminism, pranksterism, studies of The Body, plus “incredibly strange” filmmaking and music, which he has chronicled with the RE/SEARCH series of publications that he founded as sole proprietor in 1980.
A J.G. Ballard champion since 1973, Vale has published a Ballard interview in Search & Destroy #10 (1978), a monograph (RE/Search #8/9: J.G. Ballard, 1984), the illustrated Atrocity Exhibtion (1990), J.G. Ballard Quotes (2004) and J.G. Ballard Conversations (2005). He has an important Ballard archive of letters, photos, taped interviews, rare magazines, signed books, and other “Ballardian” literary materials. Vale has participated in Ballard-focused presentations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, and written an introductory essay for a volume on J.G. Ballard published by CCCB.
V. Vale is an editor, writer, historian, photographer and pianist. He has lectured, appeared on panels, been interviewed for video and radio programs, and conducted live interviews for the past 35 years. He has been a guest lecturer at the Lausanne (Switzerland) College of Art, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), University of Kansas, Duke University, San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of Art (C.C.A.), Academy of Art University, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and in other cities and countries including Mexico City and Den Haag. He taught a class on the “History of the International Punk Rock Cultural Revolution” at New College, San Francisco. He also hosts a monthly one-hour interview show titled “The Counter Culture Hour” at Cable Channel 29 (Public Access TV), San Francisco; also, he occasionally plays piano for the “soundtracks.” He has played piano at El Valenciano, the Last Gasp Xmas parties, Tosca, and wherever a piano is available!
V. Vale is available for lectures, guest teaching, panels, workshops, interviews and consulting. Video shows created by Marian Wallace are available, and also can be commissioned.
VIDEO INTERVIEWS – “COUNTER CULTURE HOUR” – filmed and produced by
Interview guests have included artists, musicians such as Billy Hawk (Offs), George Kuchar, Jim Thirlwell, Dirk Dirksen, Winston Smith, Genesis P-Orridge, Lydia Lunch, Oberon Ravenheart, Robert Nelson, Lyle Tuttle, Ed Hardy, Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom), Li Alin, Mel Clay, Punk Rock Panel, Industrial Culture Handbook Panel,
Pranks! anniversary party panel, 2004. From left to right : Vale, Mal Sharpe, Robert Delford Brown, 2 from Billboard Liberation Front, Mark Pauline, Bruce Conner, Paul Mavrides, Ed Holmes, Monte Cazazza. Photo by Chris Cobb.
V. VALE LECTURES & PANELS -
2012 Dec 22, 5pm EXTREME FUTURIST FESTIVAL 2012, Los Angeles, V. Vale moderates a panel on “Women of the Future” with Rachel H. and Sinan Revell
2012 Dec 9 3pm Viracocha, San Francisco, V. Vale teaches a class at Free University of San Francisco on “Goals of Life”
2012 Nov 18 2-5pm BAM/PFA Berkeley, V. Vale gives a ZINE-MAKING WORKSHOP and Lecture
2012 Nov 30 5pm EXTREME FUTURIST FESTIVAL 2012 PRE-PARTY, San Francisco, V. Vale moderates a panel with R.U. Sirius and Rachel H. on “What Will the Future Bring?”
2012 July 28 “Grant’s Tomb” (Winston Smith’s Gallery), San Francisco: V. Vale interviews Penelope Rosemont & Dennis Cunningham on “Surrealism and Art.” Later that evening, V. Vale participates in an onstage Q&A at the Roxie Theater after Gina Basso’s screening of rare Punk short films from the Bay Area.
2012 Feb 19, 5pm, L.A. ZINE FEST, V. Vale interviewed by Henry Rollins. Location: The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles.
2011 Nov 9, 7pm, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, V. Vale moderates panel with Tav Falco, Erik Morse, Jello Biafra.
2011 Oct 16-24 Lausanne (Switzerland) College of Art: Lecture on J.G. Ballard, Auditorium lecture on the History of Punk Rock. Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Lecture on Industrial Culture Handbook, Lecture on William S. Burroughs.
2011 A/V Presentation about W.S. Burroughs at Fort Mason, Southside Theater, May 21 in conjunction w/Erling Wold QUEER Opera.
2010 A/V Presentation at Donlon Books, London, February. Also attended Opening of JG Ballard CRASH Art Exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, February.
2009 A/V Presentations at APP (May; Las Vegas; with Charles Gatewood)) and at BMX Conference (October; Essen, Germany). Speaker at J.G. Ballard Memorial, Tate Modern, London, Nov 15, 2009.
2008 live/videosynthesis presentation with Naut Humon & Perry Hoberman (2-25-08) at Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum Theater. Topic: Attention Depiction Disorder. V. Vale Interviewed Mark Pauline (SRL) live onstage and showed dual-screen video of SRL performance at BAM (videotaped by Marian Wallace & Scott Beale; dual-screen edit assembled by Marian Wallace).
2008 Barcelona (Spain) Museum of Art: Panel Presentation, V. Vale and Bruce Sterling & Video Screening on J.G. Ballard featuring V. Vale talking
2008 Live interview with Monte Cazazza (2-15-08) and Jello Biafra (2-16-08) at Hypnodrome.
2008 Live interviews at Hypnodrome with Gee Vaucher, Penny Rimbaud (Crass), Monte Cazazza (Throbbing Gristle associate, and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys founder)
2007 New College of San Francisco- full semester class on The History of the International Punk Rock Cultural Revolution
2006 Recombinant Media Labs. Live panel to publicize “Industrial Culture Handbook”
2006 San Francisco Art Institute – 3-hour class on independent publishing (Mark Van Proyen)
2006 S.F.A.I. – 2-hour class on independent publishing (Amy Franceschini, Future Farmers)
2006 S.F.A.I. – guest appearance at class taught by Matt Gonzalez
2006 California College of Art – presentation on independent publishing (Kota Ezawa)
2000 Balboa High School, S.F. Taught 2-hour Zine-Making Class.
1999 Mexico City Museum of Modern Art – presentation on RE/Search at Independent Art Publications Conference
1998 University of California, Berkeley – taught 2-hour class on Punk Rock History
1998 Stanford University – taught 2-hour class on independent publishing
1998 V. Vale did numerous video, radio and print interviews to promote the “SWING” book
1997 University of Kansas – presentation at Zines Conference
1997 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – presentation at Zines Conference
1995-2004? The Lab – numerous events and presentations per book release
1996 California College of Art – presentation on sound installations
1989 C.O.C.A., Seattle – weekend of events/presentations on “Modern Primitives”
1989 Camerawork Gallery, S.F.: slide narration and presentation on “Modern Primitives”
1989 Southern Exposure Gallery, S.F. – weekend of events/presentations on “Modern Primitives”
1988 Den Haag presentation on RE/Search
1984 CalArts, L.A. – presentation on RE/Search and Survival Research Laboratories
Numerous interviews appearing in print, radio and video since 1977 for each publication release. Also numerous live events to publicize each publication release.
V. VALE – OTHER WRITING.
2010 lead interview in “Erect” magazine #1, Japan
2008 wrote introduction to Timothy Leary book
2008 wrote program notes for Thrillpeddlers, Hypnodrome
2007 Introduction to “Incredibly Strange Wrestling” history book
1999 “Tower Pulse” magazine: wrote article on Jello Biafra trial
1999 five articles for “WIRED” Magazine
1979 Wrote column for “Another Room” magazine; “SLASH” magazine
1979 wrote liner notes for Deaf Club LP, Avengers LP
CONCERTS (curated and produced by V. Vale).
1984 Ft Mason: SRL Show, PIL, R&N, etc to celebrate “RE/Search #8/9: JG Ballard” book release
1982 On Broadway: Einsterzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Non
1981 Arranged for WS Burroughs/John Giorno/Laurie Anderson appearance at Market Street Cinema, San Francisco
1978 Mabuhay Gardens: Benefit for Striking Miners
1977-1978 Mabuhay Gardens: Two benefits for “Search and Destroy” magazine