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The First History of the Zine Movement. In the past two decades a quiet revolution has gained force: over 50,000 “zines” (independent, not-for-profit self publications) have emerged and spread–mostly through the mail, with little publicity…
Flaunting off-beat interests, extreme personal revelations & social activism, zines directly counter the pseudo-communication & glossy lies of the mainstream media monopoly. V. Vale’s interviews capture all the excitement associated with uncensored freedom of expression, while offering insight, inspiration & delight.
Features: how to tips to create a great ZINE without money! Better Living through creative scams & pranks! Queerpunk, Riot Grrrl, Fat Girl! A history of pre-zine rebel publishing! Thrift Store Shopping Confidential! Includes 10 pages of inspiring quotations, a directory of 800 selected zines, index & introduction/overview.
Jimmy Vargas does it again! Now hear AND see Jimmy Vargas with his special brand of “Swinging Noir.”
Disc plays on computer in any country.
Torchin’ at Tallulah’s (2010)
(The BA Series)
Multimedia DVD with movie vignette, two music videos “Tallulah’s Boudoir” & “Zoetica Blues”, the three track EP, spoken word and the Vargas E-book “Torchin’ at Tallulah’s” on which the movie vignette is based, occulted within the DVD.
Running time: VIDEO – 15 min / AUDIO – 15 min
PACKAGED J CARD – SLIM STYLE / FORMAT…PAL (EUROPE)
Five years in the making, Woodruff dedicates the 34 mixed-media pieces on paper to “all those irregulars in shape or spirit.” Disturbed by the specter of homogeneity in contemporary culture, the artist celebrates the curious, the bizarre, and the eccentric…
A master of technique, Woodruff combines the genres of landscape, portraiture, allegory, still life, and illustration with iconographic elements from posters, theatrical sets, advertising, tattoos, heraldry, carnival banners, and antiquarian books to create 32 unforgettable characters. Woodruff’s FREAK PARADE participants Miss Giggles, Anatomy Boy, and Poor Mr. P (among others) join the fantastic pantheon of characters created by artists such as Bosch, Bruegel, and Ensor. At once thought-provoking, marvelous, and terrifying, FREAK PARADE is a carnivalesque tour-de-force not to be missed.
Descriptions of Thomas Woodruff often mention the artist’s penchant for tattoos – he had worked as a tattooist in the 1980s – and that is cited to have influenced much of his work. Discussions of his work also focus upon Woodruff’s iconography and technique; he has been labeled “Neo-Victorian,” “Edwardian,” and a “Neo-Fabulist.” The New York Times art critic William Zimmer wrote, “Woodruff takes his primary cue from illustrators of the Edwardian era… animals wear clothes, and the action takes place in a lustrous atmosphere… the painting is both disturbing and sweet.”
A large-format, beautifully illustrated edition, Atrocity Exhibition is widely regarded as Ballard’s finest, most complex work…
Withdrawn by E.P. Dutton after having been shredded by Doubleday, this outrageous work was finally in a small edition by Grove before lapsing out-of-print. With four additional fiction pieces, extensive annotations (a book in themselves).
Rare Signed Limited Hardback now as much as seven hundred dollars on Internet; ours only $299. (We still have the $20 paperback.)
The Atrocity Exhibition—By J. G. Ballard—a Signed Copy (Includes: Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan a.k.a. Love and Napalm-Export Usa) by Ballard, J G (Signed), Foreword By William S Burroughs, Introduction By V. Vale. First published in 1970 and widely regarded as a prophetic masterpiece, this is a groundbreaking experimental novel by the acclaimed author of “Crash” and “Super-Cannes,” who has supplied explanatory notes for this new edition. The irrational, all-pervading violence of the modern world is the subject of this extraordinary tour de force. The central character’s dreams are haunted by images of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, dead astronauts and car-crash victims as he traverses the screaming wastes of nervous breakdown. Seeking his sanity, he casts himself in a number of roles: H-bomber pilot, presidential assassin, crash victim, psychopath. Finally, through the black, perverse magic of violence he transcends his psychic turmoils to find the key to a bizarre new sexuality.
San Francisco, CA: Re/Search Classics, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. Dust Jacket Condition: BRAND NEW. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Signed. 127 pages. Published in 1990. New, Revised, Expanded, Illustrated, and Annotated Edition of the author’s classic. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 300 copies signed by the author. Should not be confused with the Softcover Edition, which was published simultaneously with it. A brilliant production in Oversize-volume format. Handsome black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Original text supplemented with Annotations, Commentary, and Four Additional Stories by J. G. Ballard. Introduction by William S. Burroughs. Illustrations by Phoebe Gloeckner and Ana Barrado; design was conceived by V. Vale and executed at his typesetting shop by an underling. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in Hong Kong to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents J. G. Ballard’s book, a collection of fragmented “condensed novels” that deliberately mimics a gallery exhibition or a record album. The 1970 First American Edition was banned by court order, forcing Doubleday to shred the entire print run. An experimental (rather than a conventional) novel, it has lost none of its awesome power to shock. The protagonist is a psychiatrist who succumbs to psychosis. “Traven” (he has other variant names) loses it as he tries to make sense of the modern world’s landscape: Marilyn Monroe, NASA, Vietnam, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, among other media-driven events. He continually re-stages these events, plots new ones (the assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy and a sexual assault on Ronald Reagan, whom Ballard foresaw as an emergent force long before the pundits did) until he is finally overwhelmed by them. Ballard understood that the only way for the writer or artist to capture the texture, atmosphere, and meaning of contemporary life is by appropriating the news reportage with which we are all bombarded every single day and which implicitly sees the world as an unfolding Armageddon, as “The Secret History of World War 3″. Unlike the news, however, the radical vision of “The Atrocity Exhibition” is The Real Thing, profound rather than facile, authentic rather than sensationalistic, lucid rather than lurid. Its influence on every aspect of contemporary culture (music, the arts, cinema, and literature) has been immense. The Mannerist cult writer Chuck Palahniuk would literally not exist without Ballard. Everything that Palahniuk has written (often brilliantly) is Ballard Redux; his themes are Ballardian even if most of his knowing admirers do not know it. “One of the most intelligent voices in contemporary literature” (Susan Sontag). J. G. Ballard died on April 19, 2009 at the age of 78, the last of the great visionary writers of our time. A “must-have” edition for J. G. Ballard collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen by J. G. Ballard. This edition is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies still available BRAND NEW online direct from the original publisher, V. Vale – clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A copy of the 1970 First American Edition turned up online and rightly commands $12,000. This is an accessible alternative. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
Authentic Japanese designs from the wild brush of premier Yokohama tattooer Horiyoshi III. Warriors, demons, dragons, sacred symbols and more. Includes a glossary of Japanese art items. Introduction by D. E. Hardy…
Originally published in 1990 by Hardy Marks Publications. 8 1/2 x 11. Hard cover, 80 pages. This book was reprinted by Hardy Marks Publications in 2007.
SWING! A trusted guide to not only swing, Western Swing, rockabilly, French nightclub but other rollickin’ music that inspires partner dancing, plus a guide to the clothes, cars, hairstyles — even interior decor! This book is a cultural snapshot of America circa 1940-1965.
with roots in Hot Jazz, Jump Swing, Western Swing and Rockabilly. Over thirty interviews: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, Lavay Smith, Big Six, Flyin’ Lindy Hoppers, Sam Butera and more! Hundreds of photos of the bands and dancers, hairstyles, furnishings, vintage cars, exciting retro clothes and other relics saved from extinction by cutting-edge visionaries. Full of informative directories, lists of recommended recordings, books, films, etc. this is the first comprehensive guide to a new state of mind being pioneered on the West Coast.
NOW SOLD OUT, sorry! Catalog from the exhibition at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, in Maui, Hawaii (August 1-September 25, 2005). The exhibit explored the connections between the world of ukiyo-e (woodblock) prints and tattooing…
Artists’ work represented in this catalog include Don Ed Hardy, Chris Trevino, Horiyoshi III, and Horitomo.
Published in 2005 by Hardy Marks Publications. 11x 8-1/2. Soft cover Booklet, 35 pages
Rare 80s Japanese edition, like new.
Only 100 hardbacks made! Interviewed by Terry Wilson. Introduction & texts by William S. Burroughs. Many photos & illustrations. A book of ideas. Painter, poet and philosopher Brion Gysin talks about his years of collaboration with William S. Burroughs, life at the Beat Hotel, etc.
Chapters on psychic warfare, Moroccan magic & music, early experiments with tape recorders & the cut-up method; the Dreamachine, and much more. “One of the most influential and visionary of living writers and painters, his longtime collaborator and admirer William Burroughs has gone so far as to refer to him as ‘the only modern artist.’” HARDBACK. Only 100 MADE. OUT OF PRINT. Ultra-rare; was never in stores. V. Vale (conceptual book designer) will autograph upon request; email email@example.com.