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V. VALE RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER AUG 2010: Isaac Bonewits RIP, SPK’s Sinan Revell


2. Isaac Bonewits RIP
3. Counter Culture Hour with SINAN REVELL: 6 PM Pacific Time, Saturday August 14 – also simulcast on-line
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing
6. Mini book review from Bryce Frackas
7. Recommended Links – send some!
8. QUOTES- next month!
9. Letters from Readers

Just came back from NYC – more on that next month. Now we’re all in a rush getting the brand new Modern Primitives 20th Anniversary Edition out!
Tonight you can come see us at Great American Music Hall — see below —
Vale is off at the SM Flea Market today – a quarterly event in San Francisco — so here is an extremely abbreviated (unfinished) eNews letter. He promises more next month, and in the meantime, follow him on Twitter!
(ValeRESearch —
or watch the his videos on youtube and facebook.
Here are some links to get you started — shot by Richard Wylde at the RE/Search office.

Just came back from NYC – more on that next month. Now we’re all in a rush getting the brand new Modern Primitives 20th Anniversary Edition out!

Tonight you can come see us at Great American Music Hall — see below —

2. Isaac Bonewits (featured in “Modern Pagans”) RIP (1949-2010)
Neopagan author Issac Bonewits passed away Thursday, August 12, after a short struggle with cancer. Born Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits on 10/1/1949 in Royal Oak Michigan, Issac Bonewits was a druid priest, writer, teacher, and psychic, as well as a self proclaimed ne’er-do-well and trouble-maker.
One of his most influential contributions was the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (the “ABCDEF”), developed in 1979 as a response to the Jim Jones People’s Temple tragedy. It has been translated into many languages and used around the world to evaluate how dangerous or harmless an organization might be. It was the first such scale to use theories of mental health and personal growth to judge rather than theological or ideological standards.

3. Counter Culture Hour – Sat August 14, 2010 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME. (We hope to air this at its listed time this month. Due to a mix-up, the June’s show was shown in July … Sorry for any confusion.)
SINAN REVELL, visual artist, photographer and vocalist of industrial pioneers SPK, discusses her career and the multicultural environment in which she was raised. The Counter Culture Hour is edited/produced by Marian Wallace; interview by V. Vale.
The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6pm Pacific Time, Sat April 10, 2010 ALSO on-line (simulcast) – at this link:
You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.”
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday,August 14
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Saturday, August 14
London: 2:00 AM Sunday, August 15
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, August 15
If you cannot get this online (we have heard some complaints about this), please write us to get a DVD copy. ($20 postpaid USA domestic, $25 overseas – to cover expenses)
Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write and ask us how you can do this. (write:

The new management of the Public Access Station is working towards having all shows available all the time in an archive, and we are looking into other hostings for the show, also as an audio MP3. Or, contact us for a DVD now! ($20 postpaid USA domestic, $25 overseas – to cover expenses)

4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

Saturday Aug 14th
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine @ Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St/Polk, SF. 8pm Sat 8/14/10. Tel 415-885-0750.
RE/SEARCH will have a small table there – come talk to us! Our new 20th Anniversary Deluxe MODERN PRIMITIVES HARDBACK is just in. Alternative Tentacles will also have a table of hard-to-find vinyl, their latest releases, plus, of course, Jello Biafra & his band’s New CD — Have him autograph it. Support bands are ZOLAR X and LA PLEBE – 3 bands total for a full night of music!

Thursday August 19, 2010 (through October)
There is a brand new market coming to UN Plaza for local artists.
The kick off date is Thursday, August 19, 2010 and will run through October. They are looking for local artists who are interested in applying for tent space at these markets.
12pm-8pm every Thursday. Early Bird tents run a mere $25.
They will also be looking to book local musicians for the noon and 5pm hours.
Apply now at

() FREE – through through Saturday September 25, 2010
Art at the Dump: Twenty Years of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology at Intersection 5M. This exhibition celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the art and education program at Recology San Francisco, a one-of-a-kind initiative that enables artists to work with materials taken directly from the city of San Francisco’s waste stream, while teaching the public about recycling and resource conservation.
Art at the Dump presents a sampling of work made by some of the more than eighty artists who have participated in the program. Work in a variety of mediums – sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, performance, video, textiles, and musical composition – is represented, and often runs counter to traditional notions of what art made from found materials should look like.
Location: 925 Mission Street at 5th Street, In the historic San Francisco Chronicle building.

5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent

NYC Subways – get you there … eventually! It’s a bigger city than it looks on the map.

Brion Gysin show at New Museum in the Bowery– well worth seeing.

David Byrne’s “Bicycle Diaries” has some thoughts for a future without cars. Great chapter on San Francisco featuring a visit to SRL.

6. A recent book from Last Gasp: “Onikage” by Toshio Saeki
Mini-review by Bryce Frackas
A transgressive take on the traditional Japanese “floating world erotica” style, lovingly drawn. Of particular note are the beautiful overlays. This oversized hardback production contains the stuff of erotic nightmares of extreme fetishes, whose redeeming value is assured by the gorgeous technique and artistry. The most extreme fears and paranoias are unblinkingly depicted. Virtually every conceivable taboo has been breached, even the most outlier fantasies are wondrously depicted. This 12 x 15 inch hardback belongs in the rare book libraries of the most discerning collectors worldwide. Sumptuously produced red hardback.

7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)



I’ve just added the first Zoomify version of my Treak Cliff Cavern panoramas to the website, if anyone’s interested. The actual finished image is close to 2 metres across when printed out at photo-resolution, so it’s quite a beast, and may pay off viewed slowly for best results. I’ll add more as time (and server space!) allows, but I hope you like it, and can hopefully see where this project is heading…;)
Phil Wolstenholme, Digital Art and Design

8. QUOTES Next Month!

9. Letter from a Reader:

Hi there,
I first wanted to say thanks for keep doing what you are doing. I am currently reading your Ballard collection of quotes as a writing/inspiration tool. I pick up the book, find a chapter, read a few quotes until one really sticks with me and then sit about writing my thoughts/experiences/grapples with it. An awesome exercise!
you have probably seen both, but always nice to read more. take care! –Dave L —

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